Poetry Is Not a Luxury—Artist in Conversation with Curator

Maymanah Farhat, curator of “Poetry Is Not a Luxury,” will be giving a talk alongside Joyce Dallal whose work appears in the exhibition. Dallal’s artwork experiments with new materials and conceptual practices as a way of reflecting on wartime traumas.

Poetry Is Not a Luxury is titled after Audre Lorde’s 1977 essay on the intersections of creativity and activism that were not only essential to her own work but to a diverse group of feminist thinkers at the time. Recognizing that both creative work and activism are driven by subjectivity, Lorde argues that for women poetry is not a luxury but a vital necessity, as it provides a framework through which survival and the desire for change can be articulated, conceptualized, and transformed into meaningful action. Poetry is Not a Luxury features artists who approach book arts in a similar way, namely as experimental media that foreground subjectivity and lend to intimate aesthetic experiences with the aim of drawing attention to sociopolitical issues.











When: Thu., August 22, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: The Center For Book Arts
28 W. 27th St., 3rd Floor
212-481-0295
Price: Free
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Maymanah Farhat, curator of “Poetry Is Not a Luxury,” will be giving a talk alongside Joyce Dallal whose work appears in the exhibition. Dallal’s artwork experiments with new materials and conceptual practices as a way of reflecting on wartime traumas.

Poetry Is Not a Luxury is titled after Audre Lorde’s 1977 essay on the intersections of creativity and activism that were not only essential to her own work but to a diverse group of feminist thinkers at the time. Recognizing that both creative work and activism are driven by subjectivity, Lorde argues that for women poetry is not a luxury but a vital necessity, as it provides a framework through which survival and the desire for change can be articulated, conceptualized, and transformed into meaningful action. Poetry is Not a Luxury features artists who approach book arts in a similar way, namely as experimental media that foreground subjectivity and lend to intimate aesthetic experiences with the aim of drawing attention to sociopolitical issues.

Buy tickets/get more info now