Spanish for “to the field,” Pal’ campo is a re-creation of Kevin Quiles Bonilla’s grandmother’s home in the countryside of Puerto Rico. Recreating a mosaic of small rocks and pebbles, the wallpaper covering the birdhouse mimics the pattern of the floor tiles within his childhood home. “I was interested in the idea of birds and humans as migratory beings,” Quiles Bonilla says, “the memories we keep during our travels and the notion of what home is to those who move from one place to another.”
Kevin Quiles Bonilla (b. 1992, Puerto Rico) is an interdisciplinary artist born in San Juan. He’s the recipient of an Emerging Artist Award from the Kennedy Center (2017). He has presented his work at the Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, Lincoln Center, and the Leslie-Lohman Museum’s Project Space. He explores ideas around power, colonialism, and history with his identity as context. He currently lives and works between Puerto Rico and New York.
This recording from The Birdsong Project was selected to complement this birdhouse.