For this exhibition, Soto will fill Corner’s gallery windows with a Puerto Rican rejas design that reflect her upbringing in Puerto Rico and her experiences as an immigrant. Domestic iron rejas became ubiquitous in the architecture of post-war Puerto Rico due both to the security they provide and their ability to allow for ventilation. By recontextualizing an unusual rejas pattern that Soto found on during a recent trip to Puerto Rico, she invites viewers to reconsider postcolonial visual culture in relation to contemporary art.
Inside the gallery, visitors are invited to browse through a collection of books borrowed from Pablo Helguera’s Libreria Donceles and play records from Hit-Parade, a collection of records from Soto’s childhood in Puerto Rico. The books will be sold for a donation, as established by Helguera’s project. The records included in Hit-Parade represent mainstream American music’s influence on the 80’s generation in Puerto Rico and local hits of the same era.