Shellyne Rodriguez in PELEA: Visual Responses to Spatial Precarity, on view at The Latinx Project through May 3rd

Work by VCS faculty member Shellyne Rodriguez is on display in the group exhibition PELEA: Visual Responses to Spatial Precarity, on view through May 3rd at The Latinx Project at NYU. The following information from the project’s website presents a description of the exhibition, followed by Shellyne’s bio and an overview of The Latinx Project:

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Our first exhibit PELEA: Visual Responses to Spatial Precarity will explore how artists are responding to displacement through their work and practice and will provide a platform for examining visual strategies among contemporary Latinx artists. The show is curated by our inaugural artist in residence Shellyne Rodriguez and the Latinx Project’s curatorial team. The opening is February 15th from 6 to 8pm at the King Juan Carlos Center . The show is open to the public and will be on view until May 3rd with  gallery hours Monday through Friday from 11am to 7pm. We will announce Saturday hours as they become available. 

Participating artists are Groana Melendez, Francisca Benítez, Melissa Calderón, Mi Casa No es Su Casa, Alicia Grullón, Jehdy Vargas, Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, Roy Baizan, and Shellyne Rodriguez.  Their bios are below. The exhibition is cosponsored by NYU’s King Juan Carlos Center. RSVP here. 

Curator-led tours will also be available as follows:

February 21st — 10-11am and 11-12pm
March 5th — 4-5 pm and 5-6 pm
April 16th — 3-5pm
May 11: Closing Celebration Event

Get your tickets via Eventbrite and choose the time slot you would like to take the tour.  Space is limited so reserve soon. 

Curatorial Statement:

This exhibition gathers work from artists grappling with the violence of hyper speculation and displacement unfolding throughout the city. Working through performance, photography, drawing, painting, and sculpture, these artists engage the lived experience of spatial precarity from a range of perspectives. From an individual experience to a collective resistance, as an observation or as a call to action, the artists in PELEA offer visibility to those communities and their enclaves under threat of erasure. In so doing, they challenge us to take notice of the encroachment of the private onto the public, and of the colonial character of gentrification as it appears in the quotidian experience by evoking at once the realms of home, hallways, domestic spaces, the spiritual, housing policy, courts, labor, bodies, pride, and more. Through their varied takes, the artists in PELEA push us to think about alternative imaginaries of value, and enduring visions of resistance and community. They tell us it may be a struggle, it may be a fight, but no one is bowing out.

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Shellyne Rodriguez

photo of artist in residence shellyne rodriguez

Shellyne Rodriguez is a visual artist who works in multiple mediums to depict spaces and subjects engaged in strategies of survival against false hope, a device employed in the service of subjugation. These psychological and emotive inquiries puts the Baroque in contact with a Decoloniality rooted in the traditions of hip hop culture. Her work utilizes text, drawing, painting, found materials, and sculpture to emphasize her ideas. Shellyne graduated with a BFA in Visual & Critical Studies From the School of Visual Arts and an MFA in Fine Art from CUNY Hunter College. She has had her work and projects exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum, New Museum and her work has recently been commissioned by the city of New York for a permanent public sculpture, which will serve as a monument to the people of the Bronx.

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The Latinx Project at NYU explores the generative power of U.S. Latinxs in history, scholarship, and media. Conceiving Latinx as a broad social project, we develop and promote research, curricular collaborations, public engagement, and programming that fosters critical thinking about US Latinxs and an ongoing engagement with the politics and economies of contemporary culture.

The Latinx Project establishes partnerships and collaborations among cultural workers, artists, scholars, and communities in order to better understand the larger contexts affecting Latinx arts, media, and creative work in contemporary cities. We are dedicated to promoting Latinx arts, scholarship, and history while improving access and cultural equity.

Our use of Latinx indicates an openness to gender, sexual and racial inclusivity, while also paying attention to the multiple ways in which Latinx organize and forge community around nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, and other designations. We seek to expand understandings of equity, justice, and inclusion throughout original projects that connect culture, scholarship, and activism.


Founded by Professor Arlene Dávila in August 2018, The Latinx Project is an initiative within NYU Arts and Sciences dedicated to fostering critical and comparative Latinx studies, research, and transnational, interdisciplinary networks linking scholarship, culture, art, and activism.


Race and Racialization
Latinx Identities
Arts and Culture
Cities and Urbanism
Media and Creative Industries
Migration and Social Policy
Politics and Activism
Inequality and Cultural Equity
The Politics of Archiving and Collecting
Demographics and Digital Futures

Visual & Critical Studies