interviews
Thursday, 30 March 2023 14:34

Interview with Gertrudis Rivalta (2022)

As a capstone to an event series celebrating visual artist Gertrudis Rivalta’s show at the Thomas Nickles Gallery and her residency at the Hemispheric Institute, scholar Jacqueline Loss interviews Rivalta in a sprawling conversation about her life and work.
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Robin LaVerne Wilson (stagename DRAGONFLY) discusses her upbringing and the influences on her performance art in an interview with Marcial Godoy.
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In 2015, on the occasion of the publication of the "States of Devotion" issue of e-misférica, Marcial Godoy-Anativia interviewed Dominican artist Nicolás Dumit Estévez at the Hemispheric Institute.
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In 2019, Marcial Godoy-Anativia interviewed Argentine trans/“travesti” activists Marlene Wayar and Susy Shock on the occasion of their event at the Hemispheric Institute “Travesti Cartographies.” In the interview, Shock describes their community work and how the trans women in their writing workshops express themselves with the profound sense of play necessary to elaborate the “political novelty” that is trans identity.

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Tuesday, 21 March 2023 13:46

Interview with Paloma McGregor (2019)

Paloma McGregor, Hemispheric Institute Artist in Residence, sat down with Marlène Ramírez-Cancio to discuss her life trajectory and her work in the world of dance. McGregor's practice centers Black subjects through collaborative, process-based art-making, and organizing. A central piece of the conversation centers around McGregor's journey from journalism to dance.

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Marcial Godoy-Anativia interviewed Venezuelan artist Deborah Castillo on the occasion of her installation “Marx Palimpsesto” (Marx Palimpsest) at the Hemispheric Institute. Castillo explains her philosophy of “radical disobedience” especially to “patria” (fatherland) and military power, which has characterized her consistent play with the monumentalization of Simón Bolívar in her work, and why she finds irreverent humor necessary in the context of “Venezuelan totalitarianism.”
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Macarena Gómez-Barris talks with Julie Tolentino about her multi-disciplinary perspective as an artist and the various spaces and modes of learning she has navigated in her 30+ years as an artist. As key figure during the ACT UP AIDS movement, Tolentino helped educate others on responsible sex in the gay community.
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In their interview with Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, Mercedes Francisca García Ordóñez and Clara Alicia Sen Sipac describe the membership, genesis, methods, repertoire, and ambitions of their Mayan women-centric theater collective Mujeres Ajchowen.
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Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, Associate Director at NYU's Hemispheric Institute, talks with 2017-18 Artist in Residence Sonia Guiñansaca about their work, creative process, and cultural organizing for undocumented immigrants. Motivated by the lack of political change for migrants, Guiñansaca emerged as a national leader in the migrant artistic and political communities where they coordinated and participated in groundbreaking civil disobedience actions.
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In 2018 at the Hemispheric Institute, Marlène Ramírez-Cancio interviewed Mariela Brito of the Cuban theater and performance collective El Ciervo Encantado about the performances "¡Guan Melón! ¡Tu Melón!" and "Departures," and about the span of their work more broadly.
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