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Las Nietas de Nonó: Ilustraciones de la Mecánica | Whitney Biennial 2019

The collaborative duo Las Nietas de Nonó—sisters Lydela and Michel Nonó—draw on their own autobiographical, familial, and community histories in their interdisciplinary work, examining the dynamics of race, class, and colonialism in Puerto Rico through performance. Ilustraciones de la Mecánica (Illustrations of the Mechanical), which has been presented in several different formats and contexts since 2016, takes up the history of medical experimentation and the pharmaceutical industry in Puerto Rico. It considers in particular the violence inflicted on Black women’s bodies in the name of medical research.