On view in the Nancy Hyatt Liddle Gallery, Yelaine Rodriguez’s film EBBÓ (Sacrifice) sets a 1998 Cuban chamber opera by composer Louis Aguirre among colonial ruins on the shores of the Dominican Republic. In this retelling of a tragic story of devotion and defiance, two dancers tenderly perform in resplendent costumes designed by Rodriguez. As with all of Rodriguez’s meticulously researched work, which encompasses video, photography, costume design, and sculptural objects, EBBÓ offers new representations of Afro-Caribbean religious and aesthetic heritages.
Support for the University Art Museum Fall 2023 exhibitions and programs is provided by Office of the President, Office of the Provost, The University at Albany Foundation, the University at Albany Alumni Association, the University Auxiliary Services at Albany, and the Robin Kanson Lewis ’70 Exhibition Endowment Fund.
Image credit: Yelaine Rodriguez, EBBÓ (still), 2021, video (color, sound), 24:36 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.