Artist in resident at Governor’s Island “Sanctuary City” – October 2017; audio activated arabic poetry and wall sized paintings of refugee land Paintings
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 wall 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.
2. Screening of my documentary “Far Away: Poetry in Nicaragua”.
This is an experimental documentary on Nicaraguan history told through its poetry. Participants include: New York State Poet Laureate (2014) Marie Howe and previous Vice President of Nicaragua, Sergio Ramirez .
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
The documentary component of this project, “Far Away”, explores the poetry of Nicaragua. A draft was screened at Anthology Film Archives on December 6th 2016. A re-worked and completed version of this documentary will be screened again in December 2017.