Dissident Bodies Exhibition

Dissident Bodies

An exhibition opening at Little Berlin and organized by Salomé Cosmique and Verónica Ponce de León presents the work of nineteen artists from Latin America and the United States. Their varied responses to a call about self image and the acceptance of ones body as is, is at the center of this beautiful photography exhibition of self portraiture, photographs of the self as a form of protest and rebellion where the subject matter itself forms an axis of resistance and empowerment.

At the center of the work of these talented and bold photographers (male, female, and trans individuals) is the ability to accept their bodies as they are, and in so doing, eschewing societal conventions which seek to regulate and restrict the human body through expectations placed on gender and beauty.

Dissident Bodies seeks to empower both the artist and the audience to accept their bodies as they are.

David Acosta


Salomé Cosmique (Colombia – USA)
Verónica Ponce de León (México – USA)
Hans Cabrera (México – USA)
Sandra Ponce de León (México)
Lola Perla Performancera (México)
Tina Pit (Colombia)
John Campo @pasioncuzquena (Colombia)
Norma Corrales (Colombia – USA)
Catalina Higuera (Colombia)
Oscar Casallas (Colombia)
Juan D Quintero @juandqmt (Colombia)
Carlos Salguero (Colombia)
Zuleira Soto Roman (Puerto Rico)
Adaira Rojas (Puerto Rico)
Jodi Bosin (USA)
A.V. Rankin @avrankin (Uruguay – USA)
Natalia Cabezas (Chile)
Patricia Rincón @slowmotiv (Colombia – Chile)
Abril Troncoso (Dominican Republic)

June 16th – June 24th 2018
Gallery Hours: Sunday June 17th and 24th, 1:00 – 4:00

Salomé Cosmique

Salomé Cosmique is a Colombian performer, visual artist and curator who uses her arts as a vehicle to protest political and social issues. She believes that arts can transform, change and heal lives. Since 2012 her work has been focused on topics like immigration, colonialism and women’s inequality. Also, through her performances she wants to recall the memories of our ancestors. She has exhibited in France, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Chile, Colombia and Philadelphia.

Verónica Ponce de León

Multidisciplinary artist, theater, dance, quiñol theater, (voiceover) dubbing, mache paper art, educational art, literature, stage direction and performance. She seeks to communicate and sensitize the closest. She loves nature, animals and she loves what she does.

Performance Show Salomé Cosmique and Verónica Ponce de León 
Dissident Bodies
Photographer David Acosta
             Cynthia Kreilick





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Performance My Memories your memories

Memory is the scribe of the soul.


 All of my memories have made me what I am now. When we recall our memories they come back to life and we can travel through time. We can see that the past and the present are together in every moment of our lives. If we keep alive our collective memories we become aware of the power and the importance of our history.

The performance My memories Your Memories seeks to highlight our remembrances and our past and how our memories mark our history and permeate our bodies defining us as person.

Fotographer Neil C. Johnson, Linda Dublin and David Acosta








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Performance Roots

At The Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden. Philadelphia PA

Photographer Jerry MacDonald

Este performance fue un Homenaje a la Comunidad Sioux

This performance was a tribute to the Sioux community



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Performance de “Vivas nos Queremos” Fotografía Cristina Angeles. San Juan PR


“Vivas nos Queremos” es un homenaje a los femicidios y a las victimas de violencia, maltrato, violación, machismo y micromachismo. La lana representa la sangre que se derrama diariamente y es esa sangre silenciada por el patriarcado. Con este performance queria resaltar,  los femicidios que ocurren diariamente en nuestra sociedad. Mi performance fue una entrega de este dolor al agua como una metafora de sanación.

“Vivas Nos Queremos” (We Want Ourselves Alive)  is a tribute to the female victims of femicide, and to the women who have experienced violence, abuse, rape, and male chauvinisim. In this performance, the wool represents the blood that is shed daily and that how that blood is sometimes silenced by patriarchy. 

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Performance Sin palabras por Felipe Chona y Salomé Cosmique. Bogotá-Colombia. Fotografía Felipe Chona y Salomé Cosmique


Sin palabras, fue una acción colaborativa con el artista Felipe Chona. Decidimos salir a la calle y dejar una huella de nuestros pensamientos que escribíamos con tiza. Esa huella efímera que se borrará con el viento o con el agua. Intervenimos la calle que es donde consideramos que el arte debe estar. En está acción nos interrogamos acerca de la violencia de género, acerca del concepto del amor y de la vida. Fue una experiencia comunitaria muy bonita pues los peatones se acercaban a preguntar el por qué lo hacíamos en la calle y ellos mismos se interrogaron acerca de qué es el amor, por qué el hombre le pega a la mujer, por qué el hombre debe demostrar ser hombre, por qué por ser mujer debo amar sólo a las mujeres y por qué los hombres tienen derecho a piropear a las mujeres.

Sin Palabras (Without Words) was a collaborative performance with the Colombian artists Felipe Chona. For this performance, we decided to go out and leave a trace of our thoughts written in chalk on the streets.  We chose the street as a venue since we both strongly believe that is where art should live.

Through this performance, we set out to ask ourselves questions about gender violence, and the concept of love and life. It was a great, interactive experience for both us and the audience, since they, as well as passersby, came to understand (once we explained what we were trying to accomplish) our intentions, allowing the audience to ruminate on the significance of love, what love is, and why, given this dynamic do men still beat and physically abuse women; why men should need to prove themselves  men through such actions. Our performance was meant to raise questions about love between heterosexual men and women, as well as opening up questions about other forms of loving that exist outside of traditional heteronormative paradigms. 

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Arte Terapia Salomé Cosmique

Una vez más comprobé el poder sanador de las artes y quiero compartir contigo la maravillosa experiencia del taller de arte terapia en Bogotá

Once again I verified the healing power of art and it is my desire to share with you the wonderful experiences that were the result of  art therapy workshops in Bogotá



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Exposición Todos somos África. San Juan PR

A medida que descubría la historia de Puerto Rico me dí cuenta que aunque los taínos están ausentes y sus rituales olvidados. África vibra en la isla y sus rituales siguen vivos.

Con este trabajo pictórico quiero volver a recordar a las deidades de la comunidad Lucumí (Yoruba) y Bantú (Palo Monte)que llegaron en en el siglo XVI a Puerto Rico desde el Congo y Nigeria. Además quisiera mostrar desde un trabajo colorido inspirado en las telas africanas y en las deidades de estas religiones que los cultos africanos, son parte de la cultura puertorriqueña y que no hay que tenerles miedo 

Cada cuadro ha sido inspirado desde la historia oral de un Tata de la religión Palo Mayombe y desde la lectura del libro de la antropóloga cubana Lydia Cabrera “El Monte” y el libro “Creole Religios of the Caribbean” de la escritora Margarite Fernández Olmos. 

As I discovered the history of Puerto Rico I realized that although the Taínos are absent and their rituals are forgotten. Africa vibes on the island and its rituals are still alive.

With this pictorial work, I wanted to recall the deities of Lucumí communities (the Yoruba) and Bantú (Palo Monte). These deities arrived in Puerto Rico during the slave trade in the sixteenth century.  

Through the creation of colorful cloth, inspired by African fabrics I sought to both honor and make clear that these cultures and religious influences currently exist and are alive and well in Puerto Rico as manifested, in arts, culture, food, and music. Each painting was inspired by the oral history of a Tata (an elder priest) of the Palo Mayombe religion and from my readings of the work of the Cuban anthropologist Lydia Cabrera. 


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