Refugee Project in progress through paintings and new media installation.
Awarded studio through Chashama’s “Space to Create” program
Co-produced a benefit for Nicaragua people’s revolution (this significant uprising began on April 18, 2018). The cultural landscape of Nicaragua remains devastated by Ortega’s brutality. My relatives in Nicaragua remain there, but thousands have been forced to escape the country less they face imprisonment or death.
Returned 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. I arranged my second interview with Vice President Sergio Ramírez, conducted by my friend, journalist Mercedes Gallego
Artist in resident at Governor’s Island “Sanctuary City” – 2017; audio activated arabic poetry and wall sized paintings of refugee land
Pioneer Works. Audio activated line drawings. April 12th Installation showcase participant for OptoSonic Tea
Far Away: Installation. Nov-January 2017
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
Continue to Co-Produce monthly AV event Ab Uno Pluribus
Donate to Nicaragua! Donations given directly to individuals who need donations. Receipts from Western Union provided.