Common Ground

Notions of Exile


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Please join us for a conversation with curators Fabiola R. Delgado and Faride Mereb, and artists Génesis Alayón and Miguel Braceli. We’ll conclude with a reading by Luis Moreno Villamediana.

In this talk

Please join us for a conversation with curators Fabiola R. Delgado and Faride Mereb, and artists Génesis Alayón and Miguel Braceli on Notions of Exile, an exhibition and programming series exploring the cultural influence of the Venezuelan refugee crisis in the Americas, and broader themes of exile and diaspora. We’ll conclude with a reading by Luis Moreno Villamediana

You can view Notions of Exile here: **Thank you to the Washington Project for the Arts, for their support of this exhibition.

Fabiola R. Delgado

Fabiola R. Delgado
Courtesy of Fabiola R. Delgado
A Venezuelan Human Rights Lawyer turned independent curator, creative consultant, and program specialist at the Hirshhorn Museum. Her activism in Venezuela proved too dangerous, forcing her to move to the United States where she seeks political asylum, and dedicates herself to finding justice through though-provoking art and culture projects. R. Delgado has worked with the Smithsonian Institution, The Embassy of Spain, Times Square Arts, The Center for Book Arts NYC, MacArthur Fellow Mel Chin, and the Obama White House.

Faride Mereb

Faride Mereb
Courtesy of Faride Mereb
A Venezuelan artist, award-winning book designer, teacher, researcher, and founder of publishing house Ediciones Letra Muerta. She currently lives in NYC with her husband, where she teaches and designs. Mereb is a visiting scholar at Columbia University exploring North and South Americas’ hybridity through its printing and book history.

Génesis Alayón

Génesis Alayón
Courtesy of Génesis Alayón
A student at Universidad de Los Andes Art School. As an artist, her practice surrounds social matters through portraiture, bringing together subjects like absence, displacement, and belonging. Her work has been exhibited at Los del Espacio, Espacio Proyecto Libertad (Mérida, 2020). 22° Salón Nacional Jóvenes con Fia - Nómadas, UCAB (Caracas, 2019). Salón Por Los Caminos Verdes de Humboldt - Goethe Institute, dónde obtuvo 2° Lugar, Hacienda La Trinidad (Caracas, 2019), Exposición Colectiva 234+2 Luces, Espacio Proyecto Libertad (Mérida, 2019). Los del Espacio, Espacio Proyecto Libertad (Mérida, 2018). 14º Salón Nacional de Jóvenes Artistas Maczul (Maracaibo, 2018). II Salón Nacional de Pintura en Pequeño Formato (Mérida, 2016), among others.

Miguel Braceli

Miguel Braceli
Courtesy of Miguel Braceli
A multidisciplinary artist working at the intersection between art, architecture, and education. His practice focuses on participatory projects in public space, mostly large-scale works, developed in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, México, Spain, Sweden, United States, and Venezuela. His work explores notions of borders, migration, national identities and social-political conflicts, working from the geopolitical geography to a human scale. He has exhibited in galleries, biennials, and group shows in Latin America, Europe, and the U.S.. Braceli is also Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and has led various participatory and educational projects with institutions. He is currently a Fulbright Scholar working & living in the U.S..

Luis Moreno Villamediana

Luis Moreno Villamediana
Photo by Andrea Fernanda Mora
Poet, narrator, essayist, critic and translator. Professor at the University of Los Andes. He has published the poetry titles Cantares digestos, Manual para los días críticos, En defensa del desgaste, Eme sin tilde, Laphrase y Otono (sic). As a narrator, he published El edificio fantasma. He has received the José Rafael Pocaterra Biennial Poetry Prize, the Juan Antonio Pérez Bonalde International Poetry Prize, the Eugenio Montejo Equinox Poetry Prize, the First Prize of the Guillermo Meneses National Short Story Competition, the I Book of the Year Book of the Booksellers Award, the Children’s Literature Prize of the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz International Literature Contest, the Salvador Garmendia Annual Short Story Prize and the Eugenio Montejo Literary Biennial Essay Prize.

Tuan Pham

A designer and artist based between New Haven and NYC, Tuan Pham is the Designer at the Brooklyn Rail. His practice weaves in and out of graphic design, looking for the poetic forms of the everyday while engaging meditative ways of making, familiar technologies, and publishing. He received an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2020.

Malvika Jolly

A portrait of Malvika Jolly
Artist, writer, and translator Malvika Jolly (she/her) lives on occupied Munsee, Lenape, and Wappinger land in New York City. Her essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in Chicago magazine, The Margins, and the South Side Weekly, where she is a regular contributor focusing on visual culture and community history. She is the Special Projects Associate at the Brooklyn Rail.

❤️ 🌈 We'd like to thank the The Terra Foundation for American Art for making these daily conversations possible, and for their support of our growing archive.