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Poetry Reading Hosted by Teresita Fernández

On Saturday, April 29th, 2 PM,  Lehmann Maupin will host a reading featuring six poets whose work speaks to (or about) American identity and a sense of place: George Abraham, Safia Ehillo, Sonia Guinansaca, Jive Poetic, and Paul Tran. The poets will activate Teresita Fernandez's most recent glazed ceramic work from her Fire (America) series and an immersive, site-specific charcoal wall drawing, Charred Landscape (America). The series utilizes fire as a metaphor for violence in America and draws attention to the sophisticated technique of slash and burn used by indigenous people to shape and cultivate the land. This is contrary to the false colonial narrative that depicts the pre-colonized America as an untamed wilderness. Fernández's work offers a historical revision through the depiction of the landscape as a way to visualize erased, warped, and invisible narratives that are often omitted or obscured in our perception of what is America and who is American.