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Brooklyn-born and raised, based in el oeste de Borikén, Yasmín Hernández’ work is rooted in new and ancestral liberatory practices. Her 2009 project Bieké: Tierra de Valientes, a tribute to activists who ended US Navy bombing practices on Vieques, led her to bioluminescence which transformed her aesthetics and inspired her 2014 rematriation. Living four months without electricity after Hurricane María, the fireflies of those dark nights reignited her interest in bioluminescence. Reflecting on the perpetual darkness of power outages, climate change and colonialism, in the fall of 2022 she launched CucubaNación, an art space in Mayagüez dedicated to the liberatory lessons of Boricua bioluminescence. Her Rematriating Borikén project explores the decolonial journey home in aesthetics inspired by the Puerto Rico Trench. Yasmin has a BFA in Painting from Cornell University and has worked as an educator with Taller Puertorriqueño in Philadelphia, El Museo del Barrio, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. She shares her art at and chronicles the journey home at

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Chronicling the rematriation journey to Borikén.

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