Embark on a captivating journey with Modesto “Flako” Jimenez as he shares his late grandmother Mercedes Viñales’ tale of immigration, community service, and the remarkable bond between a grandson and the woman who raised him.
This VR experience immerses you in the home of Mercedes Vinales, American immigrant, community leader and resilient woman. Artist Flako Jimenez has memorialized his grandmother with this visually arresting recreation of her life with her “voice’ leading you through the story, revealing his love and care for her and her unending connection to him and her community.
MAXMachina Artist Profile
Modesto Flako Jimenez is a Dominican-born, Bushwick-raised, multi-hyphenate artist. As a poet, playwright, educator, actor, producer, and director his work exists in and explores the intersections of identity, language, mediums, cultures, and communities found in his personal life and beyond. Jimenez’s art addresses the social and political changes affecting the Latin American communities in his Bushwick neighborhood. His 2021 play, Taxilandia, draws on his nine years of experience driving a taxicab in New York City and his documentation of conversations with passengers, residents, locals, and immigrants. He has worked with companies all over the country, including La Jolla Playhouse, Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater, and he founded and is the Artistic Director of Oye Group. Jimenez also works as a Community Programmer at The Bushwick Starr and a professor at Sarah Lawrence College and leads poetry and theater workshops for teens through Oye Group.