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Anyiné Galván Rodríguez – 10.20.16
Desde la primera vez que vi una de sus ilustraciones “Afro-inks”, las imágenes de Eddaviel me cautivaron instantáneamente. A primera vista, el arte de Eddaviel expresa primordialmente temas Afro-Dominicanos como enfoque. Pero su arte va más allá. Aunque imperante, las expresiones Afro-Dominicanas en su arte van en conjugo con expresiones de los tres continentes que dieron forma a la cultura y étnica Dominicana: África, Europa y las Américas. Partiendo de la fusión de estos elementos de las raíces del pueblo Dominicano, Eddaviel explora lo mágico y religioso en sus “Afro-Inks” para dar la oportunidad a su audiencia que vayan en búsqueda de quienes son individualmente y como pueblo Dominicano, sea en el país o en el extranjero.
Eddaviel ha colaborado con otros artistas para promover el arte en República Dominicana. En los últimos años ha sido parte del movimiento muralista “Transitando” con el propósito de llevar diferentes ramas del arte a espacios públicos en el país. Además, a formado parte de otros proyectos como Muralizando RD, y Cabarete Music & Art Festival en donde imágenes de una mujer con afro toma un rol protagonista en su arte cuyo ha sido una sensación en el movimiento Afro-Latino. Actualmente, Eddaviel es parte de un movimiento emocionante de literatura especulativa llamada “Mentes Extremófilas”, en donde explora el género desde otros medios como el cómic y la ilustración.
Comparado con otros muralistas y ilustradores modernos Dominicanos, Eddaviel le da vida a lo mágico religioso a través de su arte.
Como recurso de inspiración, su amor hacia la literatura especulativa, fantástica, ciencia ficción y oscura ha servido como influencia para darnos un recreación de una fantasía Caribeña. Muchas veces resultan en un tema retro-futurista con tono Caribeño específicamente desde un lente Dominicano.
“Desde pequeño siempre he tenido mis raíces bien arraigadas”,
comentó Eddaviel durante nuestra entrevista explicándome como expresando la identidad del pueblo dominicano le ha impactado en su propia identidad como artista.
Entre los mitos y leyendas que de niño le contaban su abuelo y su padre, cuyas raíces vienen de la región sur del país, dieron paso a el principio de su desarrollo como artista y eventualmente sirven como base para sus tesis.
En el proceso de investigación de mitos y leyendas dominicanas, Eddaviel se encontró con un mundo mágico del cual no se ha podido escapar. Esta fascinación es evidente en su arte. Eddaviel lleva a su audiencia a ese mundo y los hipnotiza con fluidez. Su arte aporta una dimensión única al género de la fantasía y ciencia ficción representando al Caribe. Es como respirar aire nuevo para aquellos que buscan identificarse con arte Afro-Taina o Caribeña en la rama de fantasía y ciencia ficción.
Al final de nuestra entrevista, le pregunté a Eddaviel que quisiera que sea su legado como artista.
“…quiero que cuando la gente hable del arte de mi país, que quede que soy de aquí. Que mi arte si identifique con personalidad y transmita mi esencia como Dominicano”.
Su legado va en camino y sigue cautivando a las masas en República Dominicana igual que en otros países en donde el movimiento Afro-Latino de entre la nueva generación de afrodescendientes sigue floreciendo.
Pueden seguir a Edison Montero “Eddaviel” en los siguientes medios:
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Life has always fascinated me. I have always been captivated by its loops, sharp corners, slopes and sudden stops that lead you to adulthood.
For most of my 20’s I felt like I was on this race to experience all those exciting twists and turns. I was on a race to meet all these pre-planned goals I had set for myself that would validate my adulthood. I would study abroad in Spain, be the first college graduate in my family, obtain my Master’s degree, find the right guy, get married, have two children before 30 and seal it by celebrating my adulthood in the best party on earth…Brazil, Rio de Janeiro Carnival! All in one big breath!
I applied the mission to the vision and as planned, I paraded into my thirtieth year of life dragging my husband down the Sambadrome with the most festive and silly Tropicana costume one can imagine. But that did not matter! I was officially an adult and I had sealed it with a bang!
Little that I know that adulthood entailed a lot more than setting pre-set goals and putting blinders on to meet them. After I accomplished all those goals, I left my life on autopilot. I went with the flow of things because ADULTHOOD was hard!
Working full-time as a teacher, married with two young children three years apart, being a Latina daughter and oldest sister was all too overwhelming for me. Because if anybody knows what entails being the eldest Latino child in the family understands the struggle: ALL questions to ANY issues are directed to you!
By thirty-one I was living on survival mode! I just wanted to make it through the day, cross out all my tasks on my sticky notes pasted to my laptop screen and get on the road to get home before the five p.m. traffic swallowed me whole into bumper to bumper hell. Adulthood had definitely arrived and it was taking a toll on me.
The easy part of living on autopilot is that you don’t have to do much thinking. The hard part is when you crash because you forgot how to fly manually.
I became irritable, unsatisfied, exhausted, and numb to life’s small moments. Granted, I was grateful that I was blessed with a family, a great husband, beautiful healthy kids and a career. However, deep inside something was weighing on me. I would put in prayer and would ask for guidance as well as forgiveness if these feelings came from ungratefulness. However, I continued to be in the subconscious rut of survival mode. This lasted for a while and I could not pinpoint the root of this feeling of uncertainty. It affected me to the core and to the point that I felt I had lost my essence, substance and what made ME.
Then a sequence of life events that happened due to my survival-mode living style, I was confronted with the raw reality that I could no longer afford to live like that. Neither could my children, husband, mother, sister and those dear to me. It was like adulthood came with a vengeance, punched me in the stomach, pulled me by the arm and gave me wet willy all at the same time. Excuse the analogy but there is no other way to describe it.
After much soul searching, I came to the realization that my emptiness did not come from the dissatisfaction of accomplishments the usual overachiever suffers from. Nor did it come from not appreciating the blessings in my life. It came from not living an intentional life.
I was completing tasks in all aspects of my life because either they were part of the plan, they seemed like the traditional thing to do or it was a requirement of some sort.
I made the decision to begin putting actual thought into my actions or choices in life. To really think critically and question the true reasons behind my actions or non-actions. I started to really ask what was my intention behind every choice. I began to ask myself the purpose of going to an event I was invited to, activities I did with my family, my reactions to my husband’s actions, my parenting techniques, or recreational activities. I began to put everything into question.
This was a hard process because it forced me to really shed light on so many aspects of my life that I truly did not want to face. It forced me to see that I was wasting my time on things that did not have a purpose or had no true value to my life. However, it also set me free. I unapologetically began to rid myself of events, activities, people and tasks in my life that were not purposeful and ultimately not brining me to a higher self. I began to feel self-fulfillment, joy, peace, energy, motivation and excitement for life as I did back in my early twenties.
Living life intentionally continues to be an ongoing process for me. In my journey to intentional living, I am warming up to my mid thirties through personal transformation. It is helping me reach new grounds of maturity and consciousness. It has pushed me to reevaluate my values and beliefs.
Adulthood and I have come to a happy love and hate relationship that hopefully will conclude in a beautiful partnership. I am hopeful adulthood and I will eventually be able to walk hand in hand into the horizon, look back, see the trail of footprints and be able to say, “I lived a purposeful life, because all those footprints were worth every step”.
I am so excited for Afro-Latina Sisters Raquel and Rebecca, founders of BoricuaChicks blog, for the 5th year anniversary celebration of launching their website.
These two chicas Rock! They have made a huge impact on the AfroLatina movement in Chicago and across the nation. I was honored to be personally invited to attend the event and celebrate their accomplishments.
Guests had the opportunity to take home goodie bags from Curls, listen to great music by Joe Kollege, enjoy delicious “Comida Criolla”, traditional Puerto Rican food, to celebrate the success of BoricuaChicks! As a bonus, I got to chat and laugh with extremely funny and charming Chicago Comedian Melissa DuPrey.
Their blog highlights a variety of topics in relation to AfroLatinidad, entertainment, beauty and so much more. They are pioneers in the movement to promote awareness and empowerment of AfroLatino culture in the USA and abroad.
I wish these chicas much success in their continued journey as rock star “Blogueras” in the AfroLatino community and Latinos in general. AfroLatinas Rock!