'Closing the 6ft Gap,’ is an exploration of the changing meaning of daily routines. Alcántara questions what daily activities taken for granted hold more meaning now, and how they influence our time spent. Do simple activities around the house like turning the lights on/off, tying our shoes, filling water pitchers or sitting by the window become instances of contemplation? How are our cosmic compositions and relationships changing if we are staying in place?
Francheska Alcántara b. 1983, Santo Domingo An Afro-Caribbean-Latinx-queer-woman raised-by-their-grandmother and hailing from The Bronx, Francheska explores slippages in-between memories, fragmentations and longing. Their aim is to explore the specific social meaning within the realm of domestic and public life of artifacts and interactions such as: hand-washing their underwear with cuaba soap while taking a shower, setting up buckets to catch rainwater to wash their hair, and peeling plátanos with the knife that has the right sharpness to follow the platano’s curve without cutting their hand. Francheska wants to use these subjective experiences to expand our capacity for pleasure, love and intra-connection.
Francheska graduated with a MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University, a BFA in Painting from Hunter College, and a BA in Art History from Old Dominion University. Alcántara has shared their work at the Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Queens Museum, La Mama Theater, Grace Exhibition Space, and BronxArtSpace.