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February 21st, 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated. I created this work as part of my Archivos Subversivos series to highlight the parallels between this legendary leader and another hero of mine, Pedro Albizu Campos. Pedro Albizu Campos died exactly two months after Malcolm X on April 21st, 1965. Although he is listed as having passed from cancer, Albizu Campos had long been the subject of radiation experiments while a political prisoner of the US for leading the liberation st
“You ever try to snatch a dream out of your nighttime nod?
A nice, cooled-down dream where the walls are painted bright Puerto Rican Red?”
-Piri Thomas In 1997, I had just graduated school, left Ithaca, New York and instead of moving back to Brooklyn as I had planned, I moved to Philadelphia for a position at Taller Puertorriqueño. It was my dream job where I got to create art workshops for youth around the centennial of the US invasion of Puerto Rico, on colonialism and Pu
The last two months have taught me more about the energies, the vibrations of the earth. We have not only had to experience earthquakes and aftershocks in Puerto Rico, countless ones, shaking every hour, every day basically. We have also had to stop, pause, align to the movements in between. Jerks, nudges, tugs, sways, jiggles, knocks, thumps, waves that happen beneath our feet, vibrate in our seat.
So too have I had to align with these movements and vibrations in inspirati