The Mott Haven Project
September 25, 2022
Mott Haven, South Bronx
Sunday, September 25, 2022
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at 349 E 140th Street adjacent to Willis Playground
Mott Haven, NY, Sunday, September 9, 2022 — Korea Art Forum (KAF) announces a commissioned project from artist Quintín Rivera-Toro, titled ‘The Mott Haven Project,’ as part of 2022 Shared Dialogue Shared Space.
“The Mott Haven Project,” is a 4 feet tall and 171 feet long banner of community members’ portraits, representing human diversity, by Quintín Rivera Toro in collaboration with photographer Sihan Cui, on the shed of the building scaffolding, as a metaphoric way to end all racial intolerance.
This large banner, which photographically focuses on the eyes of community members, represents the diversity of people in the Mott Haven community and will be installed on the scaffolding panels on the NYC Department of Health and Hospital building at 349 E 140th Street between Alexander Avenue and Willis Playground.
This commissioned installation is a collaborative endeavor between KAF and many members of the Mott Haven Community.
About Quintín Rivera Toro
Quintín Rivera Toro was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, in 1978. He holds an MFA from RISD and a Ph.D. from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. As a conceptual artist living in a colonial country, his artistic pursuits investigate forms of social protestation through various media. In the past year, he participated in the Mass MoCA studio program and performed at the Frost Art Museum in Florida. Since 2014, he teaches art at the University of Puerto Rico, in Río Piedras. His first book of critical essays will be published with La Criba Editorial in late 2022.
About Korea Art Forum (KAF)
Founded in New York 2013, Korea Art Forum (KAF) is led by artists, scholars, and peacemakers committed to bridging the world through art, serving to advance indispensable values of art’s connectivity, relevance, and equity to create a peaceful world and enhance people’s quality of life and well-being. KAF’s goals are to fight against inequality found in the contemporary art field and promote an eco-human-centric framework of art as public engagement that enables the creation of a peaceful world of coexistence, cooperation, and shared prosperity. Operating at the intersection of the visual arts and humanities, KAF annually produces interrelated programs, Commissions, Exhibitions, Forums, and Publications, to bring together all people from the art world and beyond to share dialogues, serving to build an interconnected peaceful world and support inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
Korea Art Forum (KAF) is supported in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. KAF’s 2022 SDSS programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, and are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. The programs are also made possible in part with funding from the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), and the UMEZ Arts Engagement, a regrant program supported by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (UMEZ) and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). WQXR is the media partner of Korea Art Forum presenting Shared Dialogue, Shared Space.