Artist Jose Alvarez discusses his experience at the Krome Detention Center in Miami and the compelling portraits he created there, on view in the special exhibition Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.): The Krome Drawings. Cheryl Brutvan, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Glenn W. and Cornelia T. Bailey Curator of Contemporary Art, leads the conversation.
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About Jose Alvarez
Jose Alvarez was born in Venezuela and currently lives and works in South Florida. He graduated from the School of the Visual Arts in 1995. He first became known for his performances, “channeling “ the 2,000-year-old spirit of a shaman named Carlos. These performances were the subject of a video work presented in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. The use of crystals, feathers, quills imbued with other worldly meaning related to his performance work and were carried through as elements in his intricate collages for which he is best known. After being detained in 2011 for immigration issues, Alvarez has included the initials of his given name – Deyvi Orangel Pena Arteaga – when signing work. His 30 portraits of detainees drawn in the Krome Detention Center have been exhibited at The Drawing Center, New York among other institutions.