Johanna Franco Zapata: Ropa Sucia

Johanna Franco Zapata: Ropa Sucia
Location: Instituto Buena Bista, Mohikanenweg 8, Curaçao.
Start date: 2018-03-23
End date: 2018-04-26
Time: Monday - Friday: 10 AM - 6 PM (non stop)

Instituto Buena Bista (IBB) proudly announces the first solo exhibition of their alumna,

Johanna Franco Zapata

titled: Ropa Sucia (Dirty Laundry)

Johanna Franco Zapata (1985) finished her preparatory course at IBB in 2007, after which she attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in The Netherlands. After her studies she returned to Curaçao where she now works at IBB as a student counselor and independent artist.

Dirty Laundry: “Everything is a cycle. A cycle can be described as an interval of time, that once it ends, starts again. Another characteristic is that it possesses phases, fairly allusive to our existence.

Something that remains immutable during my personal phases, is that I was, am and continue to be both a student of life and of art. Undoubtedly, my tutors left their teachings stained on me, to the point I made them my own.

I feel that the time has come to create my own convictions and rebel against that part of me. I feel that by doing so I can truly reinvent myself. How will I accomplish this? By reorganizing, reuniting and adding new remnants with which I will reconstruct every fiber of my being, thus creating a new and uncontaminated version of myself.

To me, the act of showcasing my work is similar to showing myself completely naked. Meaning, it’s the most honest physical and documented version of me.

I invite you all to enjoy my clothesline, to my deepest, hidden corners, explore the depths of my soul. But, above all, I invite you to questions yourselves, to question the compartments in which we all live and question that infinitesimal framed window through which we perceive the world.

I invite you to not only question everything, but to also pay attention, to observe and talk freely amongst yourselves about all those things you couldn’t and fear to verbalize.”


Photos by Josée Thissen-Rojer.