The testourmonials Project
MUSEO DE LOS SURES
Cornerstone of the Native Caribbean Heritage Preservation Project, Restoring the Heart of Ní’Tiñao is a traveling archive that refutes eurocolonial claims of native Caribbean subdivision and extinction. It traverses borders to inspire international documentation of residents gardening rich cultures of low-income communities, ensuring our stories are no longer exploited and capitalized.
Curator Alexis Mena of Arts East NY presents,
“Negritude: a group exhibition of 9 artist throughout the Black diaspora which explore the multiplicity and range of the Black Identity through their own lens. The artists in this group exhibition utilize the exploration into their own identity as a way of finding a common identity for the people of East New York; through the artist’s brush strokes, symbols, and iconography used within their art.”
“The audience is the focal point of this “solo” presented by Anthony Rosado. Through participatory activities and self-recognition, performance will return to its healing capabilities. If art is to be a reflection of society, then join me as I actively engage attendants of this series at Judson Church in a performance that demands awareness of one’s connection to New York City, communities experiencing gentrification, apathy, action, and accountability. This performance is geared for all attendants of the free and ongoing Movement Research’s Open Performance series, new and avid supporters.”
Since my body’s biology is a product of my ancestors’ relationships with land, community, oppression, and revolutionary resistance, so are all of our bodies. We are connected to our ancestors in ways obvious only to we who critically look back in order to move forward.
My body tells Mystory, Ourstory, and Hirstory via storytelling, movement, and the visible features of my tangible body. My body relays my family’s hirstory, my nowstory, and ourstory. My family’s hirstory is linked to stories of Afro-Boricua families who were stolen/fled/moved to the United States during and post-colonialism.
As Founder of The Testourmonials Project provides platforms for marginalized artists, artisans, activists, and organizers to present information, workshops, actions, and ongoing projects that combat negative effects of gentrification and racist/classist/culturally-negligent New York City planning.
With intent to encourage self-empowerment and inherent validity, TTP plans, curates, and hosts ongoing series of performances, exhibitions, conversations, and participatory workshops. Geared to encourage discussion and mobilized actions toward community-driven conservation, TTP preserves the diverse cultures, history, and rights of peoples who gardened New York City’s most desirable neighborhoods to live and work in, TTP bridges arts/cultural organizations across New York City, USA, and abroad for the cross-pollination of ideas, strategies, solutions, promotion, resources, and support.
Deeply inspired by Moana in a way that I have never been with any movie or book or story told to me, I contacted The Loisaida Center during the summer of 2016 and requested an Artist Residency. My path forward to preserving and globally glorifying Indigenous Caribbean heritage is rooted in Loisaida's resources and unending support. A six month residency from October 2017 to April 2018 cultivated a visual art series relaying emotional responses to my findings. I am conducting interviews from contemporary historians, practitioners of indigenous Afro-Caribbean Heritage, and descendants disconnected from ancestral Caribbean culture. The project aims to manifest from the researched and archived history, herstory, principles, spiritual practices, and core values of the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, an information and resource hub for current and future generations.
This mission of the project is to ensure that indigenous Caribbean and African heritage are preserved and accessible so future generations may grow up knowing where they come from. This will generate a deep understanding of where they are supposed to go and who they are supposed to be. If we do not know where we are from, how are we to know where we are supposed to go and who we are supposed to be?