July 18th, 2018

Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo) at What Pipeline

Puppies Puppies at What Pipeline

Artist: Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo)

Venue: What Pipeline, Detroit

Exhibition Title: Andrew D. Olivo 6.7.1989 – 6.7.2018

Date: June 21 – July 22, 2018

Note: An extended press release is available for download here.

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Puppies Puppies at What Pipeline

Puppies Puppies at What Pipeline

Puppies Puppies at What Pipeline

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.


Images courtesy of What Pipeline, Detroit

Press Release:

What Pipeline presents Andrew D. Olivo 6.7.89-6.7.18, an installation of new work by Puppies Puppies that refects on past trauma, the physicality of transitioning, and mourning the death of an old self.

Please listen to this song while reading this text.

Hi Andrew

It feels weird to talk to you like this
Pretending as if no one is listening to what I have to say to you.
It’s about time I said these things.

I know at times you’ve felt there was never going to be anything good in life and that it will always just feel like managing to get through
the days. I know you felt deeply sad very early on and never knew what to make of it.
I know you wondered what life would be like if the fight or flight responses weren’t always fring.


I think you’re beautiful. All those people who made you feel like there was nothing beautiful about you they were wrong.
All those people who made you feel that femininity in a perceived boy was worthy of hell
were wrong
All those people who abused you verbally physically and sexually
they were wrong
all those people who made you feel less than in a moment’s notice
they were wrong
All those people that said racist shit to you and your family growing up
they were wrong
All the times as a child where you blindly trusted people older than you and they let you down or hurt you or tried to brainwash you
you weren’t in the wrong

I know at times you’ve prayed for a luckier life. A life filled with less trauma and more relaxing. A life void of having had a brain tumor.
An easier life in general.

I’m sorry I called you Andrew so much. I just know many of your memories are associated with this name or I guess Drew once you hit
a certain age.


as cheesy as this sounds please don’t forget you’re worthy of love

Don’t let the world make you think otherwise.
Please know you’ll eventually
see yourself as someone you can hug and kiss and say ily

Please know that life ahead won’t be void of more pain
but you’ll feel joy you never thought existed….

Know that I love you
And that you’re always with me
I see you I see your strength

Eternally yours


Works Cited

Lee Lozano as remembered by Stephen Kaltenbach, Disarticulated Skeleton, ca. 1968/2010, human skeleton

Diamond Stingily, Forever In Our Hearts, 2013

Diamond Stingily, Love, Diamond, a reprint of the artist’s frst diary written as an 8 year old on the West Side of Chicago

Hans Haacke, Grass Grows, 1967

Gino De Dominicis, Annuncio Mortuario (Mortuary Announcement), 1969-1970

Link: Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo) at What Pipeline

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