lunes, 25 de noviembre de 2019

Artists after María



Artists After Maria
Photographer Jonathan Lessuck and wife, novelist, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa have partnered to launch an exhibition entitled, Artists After Maria at the BxArts Factory. The photography and narrative exhibition runs from November 4, 2019, to December 6, 2019, and features 10 artists and one community service provider from Puerto Rico whose lives and work have been affected by Hurricane Maria. 
The photographic works of Jonathan Lessuck each includes a narrative description written by Dahlma, based on interview sessions they had with each individual. The artists from Puerto Rico featured in the exhibition include painters Ramón Bulerín (Canóvanas), Carmelo Fontánez Cortijo (Río Piedras), Samuel García (Arecibo), Martín García Rivera (Río Piedras), and Rafael Trelles (Santurce); painter/sculptor Samuel Lind (Loíza); artisan/doll designer Teresa Meléndez Padilla (Río Piedras); muralist Raysa Rodríguez García (Carolina); poet/short story writer Anahí González Cantini (Carolina); poet/novelist Mayra Santos Febres (Santurce), and community organizer Maricruz Rivera Clemente (Piñones).
This exhibition is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the Bronx Council on the Arts.
 
Artists After Maria
Exhibition runs through November 4 to December 6, 2019
BxArts Factory
240 East 153rd Street
Bronx, NY


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jueves, 16 de mayo de 2019

Somos un océano


llenamos el océano de plástico,
por supuesto, es natural,
eso somos todos: máquinas de procesar basura.
desechamos cosas, desechamos tiempo, desechamos sentimientos,
a veces desechamos al otro.
Somos máquinas industriales de uso:
le rendimos culto al uso
usar cosas
usar tiempo
usarnos unos a otros.
botamos lo que no nos urge,
rompemos lo que se nos antoja,
            y lo desechamos cuando ya no tiene placer para exprimirle;
arrojamos a los costados del camino lo que ya no es usable, a lo que ya le extirpamos el alma.
somos bagazo consumiendo bagazo, produciendo bagazo, generando bagazo.
7 billones de seres rotos, consumidos, usados, usándose todo el tiempo,
esculcando entre los escombros de nuestra humanidad a ver si quedan corazones nuevos para usar.
Yo te uso.
Tú me usas.
Nos usamos.
Nos desechamos.
Y finalmente, un día,
me arrodillo en la arena,
frente al mar, esperando por una tortuga más pequeña que mi mano,
la vigilo,
quiero que llegue al agua,
porque si ella sobrevive, quizás sobreviva la nobleza que a veces me habita.
quizás sobrevivamos todos,
si ella sobrevive, quizás no nos convirtamos en basura, en seres habitados por el plástico;
quizás queda algo.
debajo de todo el bagazo humano, quizás queda un corazón latiendo en las entrañas de la tierra.
y con esa tortuguita va mi esperanza, hasta el fondo del mar,
buscando a Alfonsina y sus caracolas marinas.
cada nido que abre,
cada luna brillante que las guía al mar
en el momento que entran al agua, quizás el océano se abre para perdonarnos
quizás la luna, eterna testigo, nos mira menos herida
quizás podemos dejar de usarnos,
cada vez que una tortuga entra al mar.

jueves, 21 de marzo de 2019

We all mourn numbers


3,057, the number people mourn
3,057, the “official” number of deaths
4, the category of the hurricane that changed our lives
20th, the day in September
4 days that we spent inside, without leaving the house
3, stage cancer my dad was diagnosed
296 days since my dad passed
5, the number of weeks his treatment got delayed
4, the number of weeks the hospital didn’t have electricity
7 doctors saw him since the diagnosis
1,000, the number of times I’ve played different scenarios in my head
1, the number of chemos he received before the hurricane
4, the number of children who adored him
63 years he was on this earth
11 hours on a line to get gas to be able to drive him to the hospital
0, the number of doctors who talked to us after he died
38 years he was married to my mom
27 years he lived on this island
6 people carried his casket
0, the number of times he told me I couldn’t do something because I was a girl
13 therapy sessions since his death
29th, the day he died
3,057 a number everyone mourns
3057+1, the number I mourn
Unknown, the number that was

Artists after María

Artists After Maria Photographer Jonathan Lessuck and wife, novelist, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa have partnered to launch an exhibition...