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Maria Campos-Pons, Spoken Softly with Mama, 1997, Multimedia Installation

I will display two pieces by the Afro-Cuban artist Maria Campos-Pons, both of which examine Afro-Cuban female identity and provide artistic commentary on feminism, racism, and their intersectionality within Cuban culture. This first piece exhibited by the artist is Spoken Softly with Mama, which was first exhibited in New York in 1998, and it places a “strong emphasis on modes of expression rooted in Santeria practices at the center of the project”. (12) The projected video in the multi-media installation piece captures the image of a familial scene involving a young girl and her mother. Their conversation is soft and whispered, showing close intimacy between the characters. This work is a nod to her Afro-Cuban female family members, who were all descendants of Nigerian slaves forced to the island of Cuba. Her mother, grandmother, sisters, and aunts are all featured from afar are shown exchanging stories and trinkets. The multi-media exhibit features embroidered silk and organza on top of ironing boards with photographic transfers, cast glass irons, cotton sheets, and projected video tracks like the one discussed previously. Spoken Softly with Mama is a symbol of the Afro-Cuban woman’s experience on the island and integrates personal memory and experience to represent this. Like La Familia, it places women at the forefront of the artistic piece which is a mode of empowerment for Afro-Cuban women.

Proposal for a Project Entitled “Pallati i Ëndrrave”

The artist(s) create an elaborate fictional documentary chronicling the writing of a book by well-known Albanian author Ismail Kadare. Kadare begins the book in 2014, publishing several short versions of the text, which presents a Kafka-esque fantasy of the Ottoman Empire. As the text nears its final form, some critics begin to draw parallels with current political events and the book’s fantastical narrative, raising questions of censorship and Kadare’s own politically privileged position in neoliberal Albania. The novels themes are examined in relation to growing paranoia and the obscure discourses of the state. The documentary continues into the future, with interviews with scholars looking back and assessing the ways Kadare’s novel revealed the spectacular and simulational economy of neoliberal life. The documentary may be realized as a single-channel video, or a multi-channel video installation.

Announcements and Character Introductions

Hello dear readers, it’s been a little while. How are you all doing? This post’s purpose is twofold. First it’s to let you all know: Riverside Wings is going to soon be running in Queer PGH! Here’s the deal– RW will run in multi-page installments on queerpgh.com , then will run page by page here. Interstitial material and other notes will also go here. I’m excited for this new opportunity, and for the chance to be bringing RW to a new audience.

The second purpose for this post is to initiate a new series: Character introductions. So let’s start from the top with our protag, Emily!  Warrior, wife, mother, coffee addict, sometime musician, and all-around trans lesbian badass.

I think that Louis built a dark room for Harry at some point. By build I mean had it properly installed by photography and dark room specialist who does that type of installations in multi-million-dollar mentions. For his birthday, or an anniversary. He loves Harry’s hobby. Harry did good, he picked someone supportive.

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Marina Abramovic, Balkan Baroque (Father) / Balkan Baroque (Mother), 1997. Multi-screen installation (detail views). Courtesy the artist.

The Hall of Biodiversity presents a vivid portrait of the beauty and abundance of life on Earth, highlighting both biodiversity and the factors that threaten it.

Ecological biodiversity is illustrated by a 2,500-square-foot walk-through diorama that depicts part of the Dzanga-Sangha rain forest, one of Earth’s most diverse ecosystems. Featuring more than 160 species of flora and fauna, the diorama uses video and sound to re-create the ecosystem at dawn, at an elephant clearing, and degraded by human intervention along a road.

The hall’s Spectrum of Life exhibit showcases the diversity of life resulting from 3.5 billion years of evolution. More than 1,500 specimens and models, from microorganisms to terrestrial and aquatic giants, are organized into 28 groups along the 100-foot-long installation.

Underscoring threats to biodiversity, a timeline of the five previous mass extinctions includes examples of species lost. A nearby display case features examples of extinct and threatened species, including the long-extinct Dodo bird and the threatened Siberian tiger. A multi-screen video installation provides a tour of nine ecosystems and explores perils to preservation, and a regularly updated BioBulletin video features the latest in biodiversity research.