Joiri Minaya was born in New York, U.S, growing up in Dominican Republic. She received her Associate’s degree in Fine Arts at the Altos de Chavón School of Design and will receive her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts next year (2013) from Parsons The New School for Design.
Currently lives and works in Manhattan, New York.
The female role in the Dominican Republic is constructed based on restrictions and related to ideas of dependence and resignation. I grew up in a specific domestic environment where gender roles are very defined and differentiated from one another. I’m interested in the domestic space as an institution that perpetuates gender differences.
Through a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, video and performance, I attempt to break down these constructions. I often create characters based on patterns of behavior that I find repeated throughout the history or my family that respond to these fixed roles. I also use imagery that references different kinds of labor that have been traditionally related to women (sewing, giving birth, domestic activities).