Borrowing its title from a character in Loíza’s annual Fiestas de Santiago Apóstol responsible for interpreting the town’s past and present, El Viejo Griot — Una historia de todos nosotros (The Elder Storyteller—A Story of All of Us) considers Lind-Ramos’s role as artist and narrator. Combining materials the artist collected after the hurricane with items given to him by friends and neighbors, many of Lind-Ramos’s works embody features of the storm—such as wind and lightning—while also referencing how communities in Puerto Rico came together in its aftermath. Within the mythology he presents in the exhibition, Lind-Ramos foregrounds communities committed to the survival and sustenance of Afro-Taíno traditions and people on the Puerto Rican archipelago.
Daniel Lind-Ramos lives and works in Loíza, Puerto Rico. He received a BA from the University of Puerto Rico and an MA from New York University. He was the recipient of a 2019 Joan Mitchell Foundation grant; the 2020 Perez Prize; and in 2021, he received a MacArthur Award. Lind-Ramos has been featured in solo and group exhibitions globally, and his works are in major collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Pérez Art Museum Miami; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan; and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan.
Image: Daniel Lind-Ramos, María Guabancex, 2018–2022, Assemblage / courtesy of MoMA PS1