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Brooklyn-born and raised, based in el oeste de Borikén, Yasmín Hernández is an artist, writer and activist whose 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, transformed her vision and aesthetics, and inspired her 2014 move to her ancestral womb of Borikén.
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 2018 she launched CucubaNación, a painting series that began with a mural in Mayagüez. In the fall of 2022 CucubaNación expanded into a store-front art space, directly across from the mural. Serving as her studio, gallery, art shop and community art space, it is dedicated to the liberatory lessons of Boricua bioluminescence. CucubaNación is also host to Rematriating Borikén, Yasmin's project exploring the decolonial journey home in aesthetics inspired by the Puerto Rico Trench.
Yasmin has a BFA in Painting from Cornell University. She has exhibited and presented her art in Puerto Rico and the US and has worked as an educator with various community organizations and art institutions including Taller Puertorriqueño in Philadelphia, El Museo del Barrio, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. She shares her art at yasminhernandezart.com and chronicles the journey home at rematriatingboriken.com.
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Chronicling the rematriation journey in Borikén.
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