Si te pido
Si te pido is an artwork that taps into the artist’s relationship to spirituality as a silent part of her identity. Gispert’s absence from Florida for over a decade has led her to re-discover the ocean as a place of reflection and refuge during this health and socio-political crisis. Si te pido is created from materials found in offerings and rituals for protection and healing that she has seen used over the years by practitioners of Afro-Cuban spirituality in her family. She has decided to present the work at the ocean, as traditionally, negative energies are washed away in bodies of water. This piece’s title refers to the unknown outcome of asking a deity for help.
Jessica Gispert was born in Miami, Florida. She is an artist based in Miami and Cologne. She received her BFA from Florida International University, MFA at New York University Steinhardt, and is currently a Postgraduate Fellow at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. She has exhibited internationally at institutions like Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach, Dortmunder Kunstverein, Chelsea Museum in New York City and Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno in Guatemala City. In 2019, she exhibited in the group exhibition “Everything Ordinary” at PiK, Deutz, Köln, Germany.