Born 1975, Brooklyn, NY, United States
Yanira Collado's work attempts to assemble a visual language that reconciles the process in which the history of this information is recorded, stored, and retrieved.
Yanira Collado is interested in the reconfiguration of objects that speak metaphorically of time. Her use of construction materials summons the perception of a displaced personal and public history. As a child, Collado traveled between social structures: from Brooklyn, where she was born; to the Dominican Republic; to Miami, where her mother worked to become a tailor.
In her practice, Collado displays an awareness of language conveyed through a keen analysis of identity, the latter referenced in her use of reclaimed literary texts and textiles, simultaneously opposed by various construction materials: wood, concrete, masonry brick, iron, and drywall. Materials with inherent geographic histories, processes, and economies imply varying degrees of personalized and public memory.
As Yanira describes. “My work attempts to assemble a visual language that reconciles the process in which the history of this information is recorded, stored, and retrieved. I am interested in the labor inherent in these materials and the shapes taken during their transitions, which conjure up invocations, ritual, a transcendence of presence, and in many ways, fragments becoming whole.”