100 Potions for Puerto Rico has been Jasmine’s answer to the disaster of Hurricane Maria and the lack of help given to Puerto Rico.
Kreuser Gallery is proud to present 100 Potions for Puerto Rico by Jasmine Dillavou. The opening reception is First Friday on October 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. and the exhibit runs through October 35. Enjoy a talk with Jasmine on Thursday, October 11 at 5:30 p.m.
One year ago, Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico leaving the already struggling commonwealth in full destruction. The entire country feared for families and friends left on the island. Jasmine quickly felt as though there was nothing she could do as FEMA and the Trump administration fell short of anything helpful. Bodies piled up. News came in fragmented facts. There was lots of conversation about the U.S responsibility to act but rarely discussion of the boiling political resistance or the government-debt crisis post Maria.
100 Potions for Puerto Rico has been Jasmine’s answer to the disaster. The one thing she knows well is art and the healing magic that exists within it. These potions consist of stories about the lost history of Puerto Rice, stories about Jasmine’s family and friends. They hold healing spells and newspaper clippings. They hold personal magical incantations and Santeria voodoo.
10 of these Potions were made by friends on the island and within the diaspora. An empty bottle was shipped to their homes for them to fill however they saw fit. Some folx wanted the outside world to know what it’s like to lose a home. Some wanted to tell people not to forget them. Some just wanted to make something beautiful.
Together, the community can conjure the ghosts of Puerto Rico’s history and can keep these stories alive. This community can piece together this fragmented disaster and remember that we owe alot to this island. Jasmine owes a lot to “mi familia y mi ancestoras.”
With a donation of $50 or more, you will receive a magical potion.These donations will go directly in support of Hurricane Relief through Tainas Sunidos.
Jasmine Dillavou is a Boricua-Okie-Coloradoan with an affinity for antiques, taxidermy and poetry. Dillavou received a Bachelors in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She has shown work at numerous exhibitions including the A.I.R Gallery in New York and the Women of Color in Solidarity Conference. Her passions lie in documenting the personal and quiet experience of the Latinx community through mixed-media and installation.