Prayer and Struggle is an offset lithograph and screenprint edition of 82, presents a torn photo of children holding Puerto Rican flags at a parade juxtaposed with photographs of peasants and the United States against a black background with a prayer text and a motif of red hearts.
Juan Sanchez uses collage-like paintings that incorporate newspaper clippings, everyday objects and religious iconography to address the fragmented cultural identity of Puerto Rico. His work seeks to establish a visual cosmos that will allow cultural fragmentation to heal. Prayer and Struggle (1990) illustrates both the artists' political and formal concerns.
As much as the "postmodernist" Sanchez Takes on the issue of representation by confronting the stereotypes of urban Hispanic people. He offers a different kind of mirror from that presented in the mass media, a mirror in which people can see themselves as they really are, comfortable in their own context, rather than forced into foreign molds.
His pieces advocate Puerto Rican independence and take a stand against North American Policies while referencing many sources and memories combining lush, painted surfaces, drawn elements of petroglyph-like-forms, collaged portions (including photographs, photocopies, and letter transfers. Through documentation, symbolism, and language, Sanchez mingles series of information, both formally and conceptually.
Juan Sánchez was born to Puerto Rican and African American parents and is a photographer, painter, printmaker, and mixed media artist. He earned his BFA from the Cooper Union in New York and an MFA from Rutgers University in New Jersey. His work c...Read More