Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2017-18

(Bronx, NY)Francheska Alcantara

Biography

Francheska Alcantara is a multidisciplinary artist who looks at domestic life and signifiers of Caribbean culture to explore slippages of identity, fragmentation and longing. Alcantara has exhibited and performed work in the US and abroad at venues such as the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Queens Museum, La Mama Theater, Framer Framed, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Lab and the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!). She is a graduate of Hunter College and Old Dominion University. Francheska lives and works in the Bronx, NY. Find out more at www.francheskaalcantara.com.

Project Description

Sisterin'in Procession will consist of an artistic action alongside Jerome Avenue and surrounding areas in the Bronx spearheaded by local working-class womyn.

Participants will be asked to wear white or red clothing while dragging bars of soap sourced from local stores. The soaps themselves will act as markers and placeholders for the diverse communities living in the Bronx. They will also bring symbolic cleansing to areas affected by displacement and gentrification due de Blasio’s rezoning and housing plans.

Sisterin'in Procession will serve as an act of subversion, a tool of discussion and a historical record of the resilience of working-class communities in the Bronx and beyond.