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Manual GRAFT, 2016
Metallic adhesive or decal, denim clothing, drafting tools, voluneers and assitstantsor (or a variation of these materials)

Iron rejas became ubiquitous in the architecture of post-war Puerto Rico due to the security they provided and their ability to allow for cross ventilation. Today, these iron rejas are viewed not so much as a protection device, but as a language that pertains to the island’s visual culture. As part of an ongoing exploration of these design elements, Edra Soto presents Manual GRAFT, an architectural intervention that arrives via performative gestures and a process-based experience that unfolds in front of the viewers, unveiling the artistic process.

Architectural interventions:

+Blue Star Contemporary for MONARCHS: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, curated by Risa Puleo

+Towson University Center for the Arts Gallery for Isla: Regarding Paradise curated by Jackie Mila

+UIC Gallery 400 for Traduttore, Traditore curated by Karen Greenwalt and Katja Rivera

+University Galleries of Illinois State University for solo exhibition Manual GRAFT curated by Kendra Paitz. Performance photo documentation by Daniel Hojnacki. Gallery documentation by Jason Judd

+Arts Club of Chicago, Mies van der Rohe staircase window for the Centennial Open House curated by Janine Mileaf. Photo documentation by Daniel Hojnacki

+Defibrillator Gallery window, created as part of the fifth annual RAPID PULSE International Performance Arts Festival

+Riverside Art Center for Material Normal Monumental curated by Alberto Aguilar