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Cuerpxs Queers en el Caribe: Fronteras e Identidades

Thursday, October 17, 2019 6:00-8:00 pm

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The Hemispheric Institute is pleased to present the work of Caribbean multidisciplinary artists Helen Ceballos and Lío Villahermosa, who are part of Puerto Rico’s contemporary performance art scene. Their artistic practices interconnect, exploring identity, queerness, and cross-Caribbean linkages based on conceptual and physical notions of the border. As artists, cultural workers, and creators, both Helen and Lío are driven by a strong social and political commitment to their communities. They are among the 20 artists selected by Northwestern University for the Puerto Rican Arts Initiative, an arts incubation platform intent in incentivizing contemporary art practices that engage the community in post-hurricane María Puerto Rico.

Join us on Thursday, October 17, 2019, these artists will share their artistic practice through a performative artist talk, followed by a conversation with professor Tomás Urayoán Noel and a reception with live Bomba music.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Education & Programs at New York University.

Hemispheric Institute
20 Cooper Square, fifth floor
New York, NY 10003

Helen Ceballos’s artistic practice moves between theatrical, conceptual, and performative universes. Her multidisciplinary work draws from photography, video, installation, and performance art. Ceballos explores issues such as lineage, moving, migration, eroticism, self-fiction, archiving, care, and liminality.

Lío Villahermosa is a visual artist, dancer, and educator whose intuitive work proposes a reflection on fluid identities. Through photography, Lío works with the exaltation of affections while questioning how to live in a queer body, cultural traditions, and spaces.

Urayoán Noel is an associate professor of English and Spanish at NYU, as well as a poet, performer, and translator. His books include In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam and Buzzing Hemisphere / Rumor Hemisférico.