Girl from Cali by Cecilia Moreno-Yaghoubi

Colombia Consulate. From Oct 2nd through 30th, 2009.

Flea markets, thrift shops and attics are what dreams are made of for Cecilia Moreno-Yaghoubi. Dubbed “assemblages” to reflect the minutiae undertaken in both collecting and creating installations, the artist pieces together discarded materials, antiques and random, found objects to address jarringly familiar topics. Her signature works incorporate dolls that depict religious, political and gender issues. 

These diminutive figurines are both eerie and revealing, and set the tone for Girl From Cali, a solo exhibition at the Consulate of Colombia in Miami. Moreno-Yaghoubi will present a provocative collection of assemblages and mixed media paintings that pay homage to her personal journey as a Colombian woman “re-made” in America. Girl From Cali is free and open to the public.   

“I’ve always been drawn to objects tossed aside by others because of my own feelings of displacement,” said Moreno-Yaghoubi.  “As an immigrant, I have often struggled with ideas of belonging, even after living in the United States for more than 40 years.  Girl From Cali bridges the gap between my present home in the U.S. and my birthplace in Colombia, borrowing objects, ideas and memories from a range of life experiences.”  

Exhibiting at the Consulate of Colombia in Miami roots Moreno-Yaghoubi’s work in a Latin Diaspora where people save, fix or recycle almost everything for another use, and where religion, feminist and cultural stigmas are ever-present. Whereas her first creations were lush landscapes of her native country, her growing consciousness enabled her to move from representational to mixed media art meant to evoke deeper social questions. 

Born in Colombia and based in New York, Moreno-Yaghoubi studied at the Art Students League, the National Academy of Fine Arts, the Silvermine Arts Center and Westchester Community College, NY.  She has exhibited throughout New York and Connecticut including Origenes Latinos/Latin Roots gallery, The Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center, Taller Boricua Gallery and the National Academy of Art Museum; and in Miami at Opera Gallery. Inspired by artists Joseph Cornell and Robert Rauschenberg, Moreno-Yaghoubi finds poetry in everyday items and powerful messages in forgotten and discarded objects. She currently divides her time between New York and Miami. 

Girl from Cali at the Consulate of Colombia
280 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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