FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE > February 1, 2014

RETROPICAL: Superstitions of the Other

Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, “RETROPICAL” detail (2002)

Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, “RETROPICAL” detail (2002)

March 13 – April 20, 2014

Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 20, 6PM – 9PM

Closing Reception:
Saturday, April 19, 6PM – 9PM

Gallery Hours:
Thursday + Friday, 3PM – 8PM
Saturday + Sunday, 12PM – 5PM
Other Days by Appointment

Yellow Peril Gallery is pleased to present “RETROPICAL: Superstitions of the Other”, a solo exhibition featuring photography, video, drawing, and installation by Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, opening Thursday, March 13, 2014. The opening reception is Thursday, March 20.

From an autobiographical point of view, “RETROPICAL” explores the subaltern identity of a Caribbean native living in New England.

“The visual composites on view are made up of imagery from the places I call home, where one reality is inserted into another using photographs, moving images and drawings,” notes Vázquez Rodríguez. “Tropical scenery cuts into the New England bleakness and the use of color and black and white imagery sets in motion a rhythm that reveals the intermediate spaces that come out of this latitudinal relationship. This third space is further explored through the invocation of colonial iconography, as well as an investigation into the notion of Otherness as it relates to popular references of the extra-terrestrial.”

In her body of work, Vázquez Rodríguez embraces nostalgia as “a temporal form of mourning that speaks to the cultural displacement symptomatic of years in a self-exiled state of almost constant re-migration,” she shares. “I hope to create an aesthetic dialogue that challenges a viewer’s assumptions and superstitions concerning the tropical self.”

The opening reception for “RETROPICAL” is Thursday, March 20, from 6PM – 9PM. The exhibition will be on display from Thursday, March 13 until Sunday, April 20, 2014. The closing reception is Saturday, April 19, from 6PM – 9PM. This is Vázquez Rodríguez’s first solo exhibition at Yellow Peril Gallery.

About Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez
ANABEL VÁZQUEZ RODRÍGUEZ is both an artist and independent curator, since 2010 she has been curator at LA GALERÍA at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in Boston’s South End. Her work explores sociopolitical issues from an autobiographical perspective, and has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Vázquez Rodríguez studied Painting at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, and Photography and Film at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design. For more info about Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, visit

About Yellow Peril Gallery
YELLOW PERIL GALLERY is a contemporary art gallery located at The Plant, a historic mill complex in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The Gallery strives to foster modern art critiques on popular culture and society from emerging and mid-career artists in the United States and abroad. We aspire to exhibit provocative and visually arresting artwork created specifically to ignite conversations long after viewers have left the building. Artists that we represent share our commitment to social responsibility, and a percentage from the sale of all artwork is donated to a charitable organization of the Artists’ choice. For more info about future exhibitions, visit

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