Meet our 2015 Commissioned Artists!
Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you?
So many wonderful new movements have manifested in the past year. One that has really caused an impression on me and that I deeply admire are the mothers and fathers of the 43 student teachers from Ayotzinapa, Mexico. Although their sons were kidnapped by Mexican government forces less than 8 months ago (with the help of US funding), the families have organized to travel across different continents bringing their story to the world and demanding justice. Recently, their caravan was in NYC and I was honored to work with different artists and activists to bring visuals to the rally and support Caravana 43 families in their cry for justice and demands for and end to the “War on Drugs.”
Please tell us about a place in your neighborhood that is personally meaningful to you, and why?
The Food Bazar grocery store. It is the first time I have stablished in an area of NYC that has a strong Ecuadorian presence. This presence, as well as many other cultures, are reflected in this grocery store. They have an isle for food from each country! I like shopping for food near by that really reflects my traditions and my history. I also feel like I’m part of a community and that the city is constantly being transformed by these cultures.
What is your favorite book, film or song about NYC?
The song ” Un Verano en Nueva York” by El Gran Combo and the book ” Before Night Falls” by Reinaldo Arenas. And many other great folks I look up to, including those who have built the road for me to be here, like my grandmother.
Read about Fernanda’s 2015 Commissioned Project here.