Medicine Man, 2017 archival pigment print with oil painting intervention by Tigua artist Courtesy the artist and Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery
Medicine Man, 2017 archival pigment print with oil painting intervention by Tigua artist Courtesy the artist and Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery 

In the Mouth of the Mountain Jaguar Everybody is a Dancing Hummingbird

11/01/2018 - 17/02/2018

Miyako Yoshinaga 
547 West 27th Street 
2nd Floor 
10001-5511 New York

www.miyakoyoshinaga.com   

 
Miyako Yoshinaga is pleased to present « In the Mouth of the Mountain Jaguar Everybody is a Dancing Hummingbird », first solo exhibition of the Ecuadorian-American artist, Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira. 

In the Mouth of the Mountain Jaguar Everybody is a Dancing Hummingbird features a series of photographs taken by Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira in the Andean mountains of Ecuador. Miranda-Rivadeneira explores the relationships between humans and nature through factual and fictional narratives inviting us into a fantastical world. In recalling her trip to Ecuador, the artist remarks, "The spirit of the mountains reminded me not to take photographs, the instances I capture presented themselves, and my task is to ask permission to borrow them." Her background in painting and more recently in photojournalism help inform her photography of the intriguing cultural tapestry of the region.

The photographs guide us through the land of what the locals call “the mouth of the mountain jaguar.” Miranda-Rivadeneira beautifully captures the nuance and the subtleties of the everyday life and the people she encountered while also illuminating their unique traditions, rituals, and the mysticism of the natural world. 

This exhibition also features six collaborative works by Miranda-Rivadeneira and a local painter and farmer Julio Toaquiza. Toaquiza superimposes meticulously rendered images over Miranda-Rivadeneira's landscapes. For example, in The Medicine Man with his Guides, Toaquiza depicts a traditional medicine man surrounded by owls, eagles, and alpacas against the backdrop a grassy plateau photographed by Miranda-Rivadeneira. The vitality and power of the two artists’ visions unexpectedly integrate in these works.