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“Far Away” is a multi-platform ( film, web, fine art, interactive installations) project on poetry in Nicaragua. This project will continue until 2018. BACKGROUND I am of Nicaraguan descent and I conceived of “far away“ when first visiting relatives there in Nov. 2013 and again in Nov. 2015. I return to Nicaragua in February 2018 and was accepted for artist residency with La Escuelita Nicaragua Please donate to La Esperanza Granada Donations are tax deductible
– Recent shows for “FAR AWAY”
FIRST RUN: September 12th -October 13th 2016/ SECOND RUN November 22-December 21 2016
This installation creates two actions simultaneously. When approached, a wall sized projection of volcanos in Nicaragua begin to disintegrate. Your movements in front of the volcano will also, at the same time, create multitudes of drawings and video imagery on the opposite side of the room. This imagery is inspired by the poem “The Drowned Horse” by Pablo Antonio Cuandra, which warned of imperialist threat.
2. Screening of my documentary in progress “Far Away: Poetry in Nicaragua”. Dec. 6, 2016
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.