Yasmin and her son Josef with her mural "El Regalo de los Reyes", San Sebastián, Puerto Rico, 2017. Photo by Natasha Bannan
Yasmín Hernández is a Brooklyn-born and raised artist and writer whose work is rooted in individual and collective liberation practices. Yasmin studied art at Cornell University and served as artist educator with Taller Puertorriqueño in Philadelphia, El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem and the Studio Museum in Harlem. She has also taught art to Pre K-12th grade students in Aguadilla. A series of research trips to Vieques sparked her fascination with bioluminescence and the cosmos, as well as her decision to rematriate to her ancestral motherland of Puerto Rico in 2014, where she is still based. In 2017 she was invited to exhibit as part of Occupy Museum’s Debt Fair installation at The Whitney Biennial, with a segment focused on the Puerto Rico debt crisis. Later that year, she and her family endured the twin hurricanes of Irma and María and their aftermath. Her popular 2011 East Harlem mural, Soldaderas, honoring the legacies of Julia de Burgos and Frida Kahlo and Puerto Rican and Mexican solidarity, was circulated as part of various hurricane/ earthquake relief efforts. A statement that she wrote on her experience was published on Hyperallergic.com as An Artist’s Powerful Letter in Post Hurricane Puerto Rico. Living through five months without electricity reignited her interest in bioluminescence, this time inspired by fireflies. Her most recent project, CucubaNación envisions resilient spirits reclaiming and radiating their light to rise above disaster, colonialism, conquest, racism, patriarchy, injustice. Yasmin’s art can be viewed at yasminhernandezart.com and her rematriation chronicles are shared on rematriaingboriken.com.