Mother, Bethel, Harlem, USA Symposium
Saturday, September 29, 2018
1:30pm - 7pm, Reception to follow day’s events
Hunter East Harlem Gallery
2180 3rd Ave at 119th Street
New York, NY 10035
Organized by the IMA MFA student artists, the symposium is a day full of speakers, poetry, and artists discussing and presenting projects addressing themes of Mother, Bethel, Harlem, USA.
1:30-2:30PM: Adrian "Viajero" Roman
Artist talk featuring Adrian "Viajero" Roman, whose work focuses on issues of race, migration and the Puerto Rican identity, will discuss his latest two installations: Picking Up The Pieces and Caja De Memoria Viva III: Sobrevivientes. Both provide an intimate view of life post-Maria, and reflects the unfortunate “new normal” being lived by the Puerto Rican people. Roman will discuss the process in creating both installations and will share videos and images of both works during the making off and the finished works.
The discussion is organized and moderated by Melissa Z. Montero.
2:30-3:30PM: Kathleen Benson
Kathleen Benson from East Harlem Preservation and Landmark East Harlem will talk about the Nuyorican Mural Culture in East Harlem, East Harlem Preservation and the mural arts of El Barrio.
This program is organized by Cynthia Groya.
3:30-5:30PM: Taina Traverso, David Calvert, Rebecca Eddy, Tim Eddy and Oreste Cueller to discuss activism in East Harlem from the 50s to now.
Taina Traverso, Spiritual Activist & Artist
David Calvert, Activist and co-founder of Youth Action
Rebecca Eddy and Tim Eddy, daughter and son of activists Norman and Margaret Eddy
Oreste Cuellar, Senior Babalawo Priest and his translator Louis Marchi
This event is organized by Jacqueline Wade.
5:30-7:00PM: Young American Muslims share spoken word poetry about identity struggles related to being Muslim, Bengali and American.
Artists: Kristoff Modeste, Himesh Maharjan, Mohammed Wasi, Tasnim Ahmed, Eva Jahan, Tazmin Haque, Romana Rubyy, Shahara Ahmed, Sayed Bhuiyan, Nusrath Nisha and Janis Mahnure.
This program was organized by Janis Mahnure.