Hospital de los Sensitivos, 2014, silkscreen on vellum, 18" x 18" each

Project Statement

Hospital de Los Sensitivos is a set of three double sided silkscreen prints on vellum created for an exhibition at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The piece encapsulates the dual functions of the center: as a memorial for the Puerto Rican poet and activist Clemente Soto Velez and as a community art space.

The title of the piece and the red cruciform shape reference the life of Soto Velez. The cross, taken from the flag of the Puerto Rican separatist party, is rendered in red. The red cross evokes a medical symbol, echoed in the title “Hospital de los Sensitivos”—the name of a Puerto Rican avant-garde literary group that Soto Velez belonged to. The text, which speaks to the current function of the Celemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, is taken from artist applications for studio space at the Center.

Hospital de Los Sensitivos visualizes the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center as a “Hospital for the Sensitive”–for those artists who seek a cure within the walls of the Center from the ravages of gentrification and the anguish of creative pursuits.