"RePOPART,'' by Liliana Marquez, in her show of the same name at Jamaica Plain (a section of Boston) Branch Public Library, through Jan. 25. She was born and raised in Caracas, and has a background in graphic design. RePOPART reflects her interest in mass production and reuse. Her artistic devotion to reclamation produces a bold body of abstract work.
After decades of decline, Jamaica Plain, had, the turn of the 21st Century, begun to lure many college-educated professionals, political activists and artists. The elimination of redlining and the stabilization of the real estate market starting in the late 1970s and the redevelopment of the Boston's Southwest Corridor set the stage for gentrification that began in the 1990s.
In addition, Hyde, Jackson, and Egleston Squares have large Spanish-speaking populations mainly from the Dominican Republic, but also from Puerto Rico (which has grown sharply since Hurricane Maria) and Cuba.
Indeed, In 2016, the neighborhood between Jackson Square and Hyde Square was officially designated the "Latin Quarter" by the City of Boston. The area has many Hispanic-owned businesses and Hispanic-related festivals, churches and activist groups.