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Puertográfico Events

The Smallest Distance Between Us: Challenging Otherness and Telling Stories – a Pop-Up Print Exhibition in Conversation with Puerto Rican Literature

Event Type: Pop-Up Exhibitions

This pop-up exhibition asks: Can we develop and deepen our cultural understanding by
engaging in others’ stories? What roles do imagery and material play in telling our own
stories and in bearing witness to the stories of others?

Storytelling is central to cultural survival and the ability to thrive. This pop-up exhibition
invites artists who identify as women, queer and/or people of color to respond to the
literature of Puerto Rico, and to incorporate their own cultural identities in doing so. This
exhibition hopes to highlight shared experiences while celebrating one’s unique story,
and to challenge the notion of otherness faced by Puerto Ricans and other US
minorities. Using the work of Puerto Rican authors as a starting point serves as a
challenging and intimate parameter for telling one’s own story. Invited artists use
personal narrative, language, and cultural storytelling to investigate questions of identity
and otherness in their work. Work included will showcase traditional and mixed media
printmaking, artist books and zines. Curated, Organized and Presented by Kelda Martensen (Professor, North Seattle College) and Kamla Kakaria (Studio Manager, Pratt Fine Art Center)

Kelda Martensen -
Kamla Kakaria -