Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2020-21

Yali Romagoza (College Point, NY)

Project Description

A multidisciplinary performance project that reflects on isolation and mechanisms for survival combining conceptual costumes, video, Afro-Cuban songs, and choreography, starring my alter-ego, Cuquita The Cuban Doll. The project is based on my experience as a recent immigrant to the US. In Cuquita's world, the body is a nation. The work is comprised of various arrangements of short-form live performances and performances made for the camera, allowing for multiple costume changes. The costumes' design engages in the process of transformation, which presents the body as a refuge and a space of survival, resistance, and protest.


Yali Romagoza (b. in Havana, Cuba, based in NYC) is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice reflects feminism, identity, power, and oppression. By constructing her artistic vocabulary through mining, her biography of dislocation, and immigration, Romagoza's work examines the cultural displacement and alienation through various mediums, such as performance, video, installation, photography, and conceptual costume. Romagoza holds an MFA in Fashion from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2015) and a BA in Art History from the University of Havana (2006). Her works have been included in the Gothenburg Biennial (2007), Havana Biennial (2009), Bétonsalon, Paris, (2009), Liverpool Biennial (2010), The Immigrant Artist Biennial (2020), NY. She has performed at Links Hall Theater, Chicago (2012), White Box, NY (2012), Teatro LATEA, NY (2018), Art in Odd Places, NY (2018), Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, NC (2018), Grace Exhibition Space (2019), NY Latin American Art Triennial (2019). She has been granted awards and residencies, including Cátedra Arte de Conducta by Tania Bruguera, La Habana (2007); Bétonsalon Centre d'Art et de Recherche, Paris; (2009), NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program (2017), NY; Creative Capital NYC Taller (2019-20), NY.

Image Descriptions: 1. "Normal Is Good (I Like America and America likes me)," 2016 Installation. Three-channel HD Video. Variable Dimensions It approaches social, political, and economic issues in the US through performance-based videos and interviews. 2. "Meditating my way out of Capitalism and Communism. 12410 days of Isolation," 2018. Public Action/Performance. Duration 6 hoursCuquita, the Cuban Doll, meditates in the form of public action as part of Art in Odd Places. 3. From the Series "Blue, Red, and White (Mami Yanqui)," 2019 Photo Print on HD Aluminum 26" x 28" inches A hybrid of photography and Performance where Cuquita The Cuban Doll, interacts with the iconography of American culture.