Las Nietas de Nonó

Parceleras Afrocaribeñas

Puerto Rico · Visual Arts

Parceleras Afrocaribeñas is an organization run by Black womxn founded in 2019, where spaces for environmental and racial justice are created in the face of industrial developments that threaten their barrio of San Antón, in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

The vision of this project is to empower women through ecological training and the celebration of resources through recreational-ecological activities with an awareness of preservation and conservation.

Las Nietas de Nono Afield Peer 2021

Photo by Ramón Pérez. Courtesy of Parceleras Afrocaribeñas.

The afro-diasporic siblings, mulowayi and mapenzi are Las Nietas de Nonó. In their creative process, they evoke ancestral memory through personal archives. Their practice incorporates performance, found objects, organic materials, ecology, fiction, video and installation.

In 2016, they created Ilustraciones de la Mecánica, a multimedia installation that was also commissioned by the 10th Berlin Biennial (2018) and the 79th Whitney Biennial (2019). They have received the United States Artist Award (2018), The Art of Change from the Ford Foundation (2017), and the Global Arts Fund from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (2017).

Their art has been shown in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, the United States, England, Norway, Scotland, and Germany. In 2019, they co-founded Parceleras Afrocaribeñas.

Las Nietas de Nono Afield Peer 2021

Las Nietas de Nonó. Photo by David Moses. Courtesy of the artists.