L a J a u l a
La Jaula is a Lesbian bar located in La Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo. It has been a safe space for queer people who live in the Dominican Republic for years. My partner and I encountered the bar one night while we were out clubbing, and fell in love with it. After a few months they moved to a new space I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with the owner to create a new look for the bar.
The design process sought to honor dominican art and LGBT culture. I based my designs on the intersections of local folklore and queer love. Planning this project involved a lot of fruitful collaboration with Viviana, the bar owner, as well as local community. The project culminated in a successful celebration that featured local drag queens as well as a joyous dance party that marked a new beginning for La Jaula. This project is incredibly near and dear to my heart and one of the most rewarding experiences of my career.
In total, I painted over 17 murals in less than two months.
These murals were created to honor the people who dare to live authentically. The world tried to hide you, yet look how bright you shine. You are a work of art worthy of celebration. Thank you for existing in this space, it’s an honor to have you here.