Memories of 2020 preserved through film & photography.
Photography Curated by Nica Aquino Poetry Curated by Nikolai Garcia
Opening Online on 4/20/2021
About: Ten photographers were selected to present one photograph each of a memory from 2020 they preserved on analogue film; ranging from 35mm, medium format & Polaroids. Having the photographs documented on film, a palpable element of memory preservation, added another layer of revisiting this year. Who says you can't put your arms around a memory?
With the help of guest poetry curator, Nikolai Garcia, ten poets were assigned one photograph each to respond to with a new original short poem based on their own memories of 2020.
Together, we have our first visual art + literary collaboration for the one-year anniversary show of MATA ART GALLERY & a celebration of National Poetry Month. Exhibition opens online on 4/20/2021. Please check back soon!
(Background photo details by Michelle Anna Boire)
Poetry by: bridgette bianca, Jessica Ceballos, Karla Cordero, Brian Dunlap, Ellie Lopez, Mauricio Moreno, Mia, Monica Serrano, Karo Ska, Irene Soriano Saxon. Poetry curated by Nikolai Garcia.
Photography by: Nica Aquino, Michelle Anna Boire, Kwasi-Boyd Bouldin, Valerie J. Bower, Brian Braganza, Courtney B. Coles, Animus Juang, Semantha Norris, Sebastian Ospina, Christopher Velasco. Photography curated by Nica Aquino.
Guest Curator Profile: Nikolai Garcia sleeps in Compton, CA; works with homeless youth in East Hollywood; and is Assistant Editor for Dryland, a literary arts journal born in South Central Los Angeles. He has been published in Zocalo, Cultural Weekly, Huizache, Drunk Monkeys, and various literary journals and anthologies. His first chapbook, Nuclear Shadows of Palm Trees, was published in 2019 by DSTL Arts. He is currently at work on his second manuscript. Sometimes he makes friends on social media: @hellokommie
Curator's Message: "Photography and poetry are cousins. They are related in that, when done correctly, both can capture a moment in time that leaves an impression on the viewer/reader. To me, the task of co-curator was the opportunity to help facilitate a big family reunion of relatives that have never met each other before. The reward is in enjoying two art forms complement each other, making them stronger, and hopefully leaving the viewer/reader, with a lot to think about." -Nikolai Garcia