The Loisaida Center is proud to announce

2019 Artist Residency Recipient:

Jocelyn Bonadio-de Freitas


Event producer and musician Jocelyn Bonadio-de Freitas, has organized a series of three events premiering at Loisaida Inc. Center from March through September. The events will take place simultaneously at Loisaida Inc. on the Lower East Side and at the new :Pública art space in Santurce, Puerto Rico.


The first of these events will center around the theme of food and social justice. Through an interactive “open studio” style talk with Tara Rodríguez Besosa of El Departamento de la Comida, attendees will explore and think critically about what is traditional Puerto Rican cuisine, and where that food – it’s ingredients and recipes – comes from. They will also learn about current food movements on the island, and enjoy a live music performance.. Through large, relevant topics like food, energy, colonialism, debt, education, and privatization, the events seek to not only explore the ways traditional culture is interacting with the realities of 21st century life, but how the diaspora can connect with and exchange information, strategy and resources with their counterparts on the island. Each event will feature educational, engaging speakers, and live performances.

About the artists:

Jocelyn Bonadio-de Freitas is a musician, producer, organizer and educator, and currently artist in residence at The Loisaida Center. She is the lead organizer of the campaign to divest Harvard’s endowment from the Puerto Rican debt.

Tara Rodríguez Besosa, born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, 35 years of age. They are an architect building a world where agroecological concepts and queer practices are used to create resilience through food sovereignty. Tara is the founder of “El Departamento de la Comida” a project born in 2010 as a multi-farm CSA, then a storefront, then a local-sustainable sourced experimental kitchen, restaurant and workshop space in Puerto Rico. They live on a farm in San Salvador, Caguas, Puerto Rico, visiting collaborators and other projects frequently as part of their organizing work for decolonization through food. @eldepartamentodelafood

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