As the curator this being the first time ISLA (Staten Island Arts collective I founded in 2013) is presenting an arts show, I wanted to ask if love could go VIRAL.
Besides the art of 40+ visual artists and photographers from across the country, NYC and Staten Island, we have an exciting program of poets and performers performing from all across New York City!
What sort of Experience do you want event goers to have?
You are one of the classic back stage people that make a lot happen can you tell us about other projects you have worked on?
We are #DIASPORADICAL. We come from so many different histories yet we share a language in theory. But now, we're building new language - ehem I speak mutant digital Spanglish - emojis y todo, LOL! I think we need to move beyond holding on too tight to the Latino box - I'm proud to have roots in Cuba and Colombia - but I'm a mutant New Yorker to the core who is the future Latina. Meaning? I'm a global citizen like anyone else - except as "Latinos" our histories come from all over. This Diaspora is rooted in Africa - as are all peoples - and that is what happened in history. Now we must look to the future. We must look in each and every human being we encounter daily. The #DIASPORADICAL understand movement and what it meant to have families who struggled to migrate (as many other groups did) - and what it MEANS now. Growing up on Staten Island was a great introduction to understanding that - I grew up with Ukranians, Nigerians, Italians, Puerto Ricana... Perhaps I was born too soon but, I am much more than just Latina, you know? We can be anything, belong everywhere and I believe the more urgent question may be now how will we build across these boxes many have convinced themselves they are confined to - to work towards the root of what we need to be building together, which, is going to take multi-racial and ethnic collective cooperation - against domination, greed, fear and hate of a world which is rebalancing.