We are pleased to present Alchemic Chants/ Reliquías Fragmentadas, Yanira Collado’s first solo exhibition with Emerson Dorsch Gallery. A platform nearly covers the gallery floor, while objects and paintings punctuate the slim corridor around it. The platform echoes the footprint of a small house, one for living and for working. The platform also references the previous iterations of the gallery’s building, which was once Port au Prince Market, a neighborhood bodega. Collado continues to imbue her work with the stories of migration and subcultures, wrapping them in protective layers of cardboard, paint and fabric. Her work builds from fragmented stories of errantry as much as her ability to stand still and think in many directions. She places relics from a root – from her own life, the neighborhood, or a community – inside a house for contemplation. Yet, if a reliquary is a house for a relic, she’s turned the system inside out, an action that gets at the paradoxical nature of memory and identity.
Yanira Collado (b. 1975, Brooklyn, NY; lives and works, Miami, FL). Born to Dominican parents, as a child, Collado traveled between Santo Domingo and Miami frequently, until 1992 when she attended Miami’s New World School of the Arts for high school. Collado studied at The School of the Art Institute and later on perused studies in Early Childhood Education.
Collado lives and works in North Miami, FL. Her artist residency fellowships include Bridge Red Art Center, North Miami, FL (2013-present), Project Row Houses, Houston, TX (2018), Oolite Arts, Miami Beach, FL (2019 – present), and the Joan Mitchell Foundation residency in New Orleans, LA (2020). She was awarded an Ellie Creator Grant from Oolite in 2019, first place in the 2013 South Florida Biennial at the Art and Cultural Center/Hollywood, FL and was named a Joan Mitchell Foundation fellow in 2018. Her work has been featured in numerous group shows, including Performance 4 Ways: MY BODY, MY RULES, Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL (2021), Estamos Bien La Trienal, El Museo, New York, NY (2021), AIM Biennial, Miami, FL (2020), Storage_, Storage Project Space, New York, NY (2020), Idioms and Taxonomies, Curated by Laura Marsh, Oolite Arts, Miami Beach, FL (2020), if they knew these things, Reliquias/Ocultadas, Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL (2020), Monarchs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL (2018); Connectivity, Deconstruction, Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL (2018); Transmissions, The Franklin, Chicago, IL (2016); Dirt, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL (2016); and Ascent: Black Women’s Expressions, Nova University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (2015).
Her work was pictured in Artforum.com’s Critic’s Pick, accompanying the review of Fragment, a group exhibition at Emerson Dorsch. In 2016, Collado had a one-person exhibit at the Museum of Art + Design at Miami Dade College, in collaboration with Bridge Red Studios. She had solo exhibitions with Under the Bridge and Farside Gallery in 2018. In 2020, she exhibited with Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL, Oolite Arts in Miami Beach, and Storage in NY. In 2019, an interview with her by Onajide Shabaka was published in BOMB Magazine. Collado is represented by Emerson Dorsch Gallery.
Emerson Dorsch is a contemporary art gallery with two complementary roles: to represent a core group of select South Florida-based artists, to host and represent excellent emerging and mid-career visiting artists. The gallery’s name reflects the partnership in art and life between the husband and wife team Brook Dorsch and Tyler Emerson-Dorsch. We believe in the joys of an artful life, of experiencing art close to the source. Through all the gallery’s activities, we foster art patronage and artistic community.
Brook Dorsch founded Dorsch Gallery in the early 1990s to exhibit Miami-based artists. Tyler Emerson-Dorsch joined the gallery in 2008 after earning a Masters from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. After almost 25 years, the gallery moved a second time to Little Haiti, a neighborhood northwest of downtown Miami.