Leila Mattina
Geografía(s) del Jiquilite al Añil

September 22–November 18, 2023

Geografia(s) del Jiquilite al Añil is the first U.S. solo exhibition featuring new work by La Residencia artist Leila Mattina. Through practice and process-based works, Mattina Gregory shares her research on the cultivation and processing of the añil (indigo) in Puerto Rico, and its connections to the Caribbean and Latin America.

This exhibition is hosted at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space (Inside Essex Market, 88 Essex St #21, New York, NY 10002), open Wednesday through Saturday, 12–6pm.

Geografia(s) del Jiquilite al Añil is organized by Natalia Viera Salgado and co-presented with Artists Alliance Inc. and Pública Espacio Cultural.

An exhibition catalog featuring an essay by curator Natalia Viera Salgado, poetry by Amanda Hernández, and contributions by botanist and artist Steve Maldonado Silvestrini will be for sale at the gallery.

Image by Leonardo Laboy


About Leila Mattina Gregory

Leila Mattina Gregory is a Puerto Rican artist/farmer based in Aibonito, Puerto Rico. She is co-founder of Trama Antillana, a farm space focused primarily on producing and processing natural dyes and fibers. Trama is a place for research and development of different practices to grow or source natural raw materials for arts and culture. It also provides a space for continued education and access to a variety of raw materials for the community.

About Natalia Viera Salgado

Natalia Viera Salgado is a Puerto Rican curator and curatorial consultant based in New York City. She is also the founder of :Pública Espacio Cultural, an independent art space in Alto del Cabro, Santurce Puerto Rico. Her art historical research focuses on contemporary art in relation to decolonial practices, architecture, social and environmental justice, and new media with a keen interest in hybrid and interdisciplinary projects. She has worked at the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, El Museo de Barrio, Art in General, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, and Americas Society. Viera holds a MA in Curatorial Practice from the School of Visual Arts and is currently the Associate Curator at the National Academy of Design and curatorial Resident at the Abrons Arts Center.

About Artists Alliance LLC + Cuchifritos Gallery & Project Space

Artists Alliance Inc. is dedicated to launching, strengthening, and advancing the vision of emerging and underrepresented artists and curators through fully-funded residencies, paid exhibition opportunities, and commissioned projects.
Rooted in the Lower East Side (a long-standing epicenter of creative experimentation and cultural diversity) and in NYC at-large, AAI cultivates art practices that challenge the way we experience ourselves, our communities, and our world. Through three initiatives—Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, LES Studio Program, Public Works— AAI aims to widen the audience for contemporary art and encourage public dialogue using art as a catalyst.

About Pública Espacio Cultural

Pública Espacio Cultural is a cultural space founded in November 2018 by cultural producer Naíma Rodrígez and independent curator Natalia Viera Salgado. The space is located in the community of Alto del Cabro, one of the most important historic neighborhoods of Santurce, Puerto Rico. One of the major problems on the island currently is the lack of funding and spaces dedicated to serve the community in the cultural and arts sector. In November 2018, Pública: opened up its doors to become a platform for local artists and international artists as a way to strengthen the relationship between Puerto Rico and an international audience.


La Residencia is a collaborative residency partnership between Abrons Arts Center (New York, NY) and Pública​ (San Juan, PR) and made possible with funds provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Indigo Workshop: 23 Sep, 1–4pm

Leila Mattina Gregory leads an indigo dyeing workshop where participants will learn how to use indigo pigment. Mattina will also facilitate a seed exchange and share instructions for growing indigo in small spaces.