The New Social Environment#709

Leda Catunda: Geography

Featuring Catunda and Suzanne Herrera Li Puma, with Stella Wong


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Leda Catunda joins Rail contributor Suzanne Herrera Li Puma for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Stella Wong.

In this talk

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Leda Catunda

Photo of Catunda
Since the 1980s, Leda Catunda has constructed a visual lexicon shifting between mass culture and craftwork, employing abstract painting and sculpture as much as pop art’s collage and appropriation procedures. With the means at hand and conserving the traces of her process, Catunda’s “soft world” insinuates a critique of the affirmation of identity through consumerism, reworking textile waste and the mechanisms of commercial culture. In her career she has participated in three São Paulo Biennials (1983, 1985 and 1994) and large collective exhibitions such as Modernity (Paris, 1987), Latin American Artists of the 20th Century (Museum of Modern Art in New York, 1993), and elsewhere.

Suzanne Herrera Li Puma

A portrait of scholar Suzanne Herrera Li Puma.
Artist, educator, and scholar Suzanne Herrera Li Puma works at the intersections of Latinx and Latin American arts, intersectional feminisms, and critical theory. Herrera Li Puma was a 2021 ACLS Leading Edge Fellow at the non-profit Breakthrough, New York, and she holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley. Her corazón lives and works between New York and Lima, Peru.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Stella Wong reading.

Stella Wong

Photo of Stella Wong
Stella Wong is the author of SPOOKS, winner of the Saturnalia Books Editors Prize, and AMERICAN ZERO, selected for the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize by Danez Smith. A graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Wong’s poems have appeared in POETRY, Colorado Review, Lana Turner, Bennington Review, Denver Quarterly, the LA Review of Books, and more.

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