Return to Nicaragua to film the poetry festival in Granada and continue work on “Far Away” a multi-platform project on Poetry and Politics in Nicaragua. Interview topics included the past vs. the current Sandinista regime, paths forward through education, Latin American literature and poetry, the role of the artist in society
“Impovisaaion” Interactive visuals with pianist Hitomi Honda at the New York University PhD Waverly Labs for Music and Computing for AV showcase.
Un-rehearsed improv with only the theme of mistakes (as in the title) and idea of freedom.
The visuals are my hand drawn drawings as well as an arabic refugee poetry and a video of a starling murmuration.
Artist in resident at Governor’s Island “Sanctuary City” – 2017; audio activated arabic poetry and wall sized paintings of refugee land
July 2017: poem videos – screened at the July 2017 New York City Poetry Festival
Far Away: Installation. Nov-January
A motion activated projection of a volcano (it dissolves in stages as you come nearer and nearer to it), which simultaneously generates imagery (video, drawings, paintings) on another w
all I created. The imagery illustrates The Drowned Horse, a poem by Pablo Antonio Cuadra that warns Central America of US imperialism. I am of Nicaraguan descent and return to Nicaragua every year to work on my multi-platform project on poetry in Nicaragua.
Why Poetry? Despite Nicaragua’s travails, the quality and influence of its literature and its poetic output in particular, has earned it the epithet ‘Land of the Poets’. The poets of Nicaragua have created works which have influenced every facet of cultural, political and social life. It is a center of creativity in the Spanish-speaking world. Poets have tremendous influence in Nicaragua as politicians, revolutionaries and cultural leaders. They are found in the highest offices throughout Nicaragua: Presidents, Vice Presidents, First Ladies, Secretary of States, Military Leaders, Ministers of Culture, Ambassadors. It is not an exaggeration to say that the status of the poet in Nicaragua remains at a level not seen in any country or culture anywhere in the world
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