Seeds of Colonialism was a solo exhibition of silk-screened prints, which consisted of statements made by US government officials following the takeover of Puerto Rico, in 1898, at the conclusion of the Spanish-American War. The statements were exhibited at Some Time Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio from January 6 to January 28, 2017. It was a community-based project designed to engage the Puerto Rican community and bring awareness to the greater Cleveland community of the origins of Puerto Rico’s relationship with the US. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Some Time Gallery
photos by Jerry Birchfield

Visitors to the gallery were invited to anonymously comment on these statements at the opening of the exhibition and throughout the month of January. The comments were viewed at the exhibition’s closing on January 28, 2017.

Ping Press Press studio

While a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellow, Polo printed these silk-screened statements in collaboration with Ping Pong Press. A series of posters were also printed and sold for $10 each so the public could afford to take home a statement that resonated with them. The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture of Cuyahoga County administered the Creative Workforce Fellow program.