Barco de Papel Cultural Center welcomed the Mural Project: “Identity in the Neighborhood”.
With this second mural season, named “Identity in the Neighborhood”, Centro Cultural Barco de Papel explores artistic expressions as part or our cultural contribution to arts in Queens County.
The permanent exhibition Identity in the neighborhood made by the visual artist Juan Jimenez, addressed the identity, sense of belonging and relationships of of our immigrants, their racial identity, economic survival and the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, seen through characters that merge with our daily lives in different contexts of our community and its neighborhoods.
The artist Juan Jiménez, in this work, delves into the entrepreneurial spirit of our community and its most deeply rooted traditions; dystopian and real scenarios stand out in its composition, creating a social discourse that is intertwined with the environment: street vendors, musicians and health workers who are an example of daily life in our community.
These three paintings wish to create strong links between our multi-ethnic communities, the protagonists explore our Latin American identities, offering passers-by the opportunity to better understand our idiosyncrasies and contribution to the vibe of New York City.
About the artist
Juan Jiménez was born in Bogotá, Colombia and moved to the United States where he studied at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Jiménez settled in New York City, where he has developed a large part of his work, mostly made up of futuristic portraits. His use of bright tones seeks to portray the future in a dynamic and lively way.
You can see his work in his portfolio.
The permanent exhibit: “Identity in the Neighborhood” was appreciated by passers-by under the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) bridge located at the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Whitney Avenue, one block away from the subway R line.
This project was commissioned by Centro Cultural Barco de Papel and partially financed by QCA (Queens Council on the Arts).