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Exhibition Curator: Manon Slome
Authors: Henry Chalfant, Dr. Manon Slome,
Naiomy M. Guerrero, Joseph Mizzi, José Parlá
Editor: Rey Parlá
Proofreader: Emilie Ortolan
Publisher: Damiani Books
Photography: Ben Alsop
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It’s Yours by José Parlá is published by Damiani to accompany the solo museum exhibition of the internationally renowned artist at The Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York City. Curated by Manon Slome, the new paintings evoke the artist’s connection to the Bronx and address the suffering caused by redlining policies, the waves of displacement imposed by gentrification, and systematic racism. It’s Yours encourages viewers to question ownership in New York’s rapidly changing neighborhoods. The rich building up of the surface and Parlá’s signature gestural line resemble city walls’ layers. The paintings reflect neighborhoods’ movement and textures, the marks and traces people leave behind, and the streets’ energy and challenges. Parlá began painting on Miami walls at ten years old, signing his work with the writing name “Ease.” He supported himself by designing album covers and concert fliers for hip-hop artists, then moved to the Bronx. The exhibition features some of his early sketchbooks. The title, It’s Yours, is borrowed from a song by the influential Bronx rapper T-La Rock who assured his fans that his work would always be about and for them. Similarly, Parlá offers this work back to The Bronx in tribute.