Curatorial Category: Residency Project

Ghost Orchid

Ghost Orchid is an artist book inspired by the ghost orchid, Dendrophylax lindenii, the highly coveted and elusive flora native to the South Florida Everglade and the wetlands of Cuba. The book uses prose, imagery, and holographic papers to narrate a fever dream from the perspective of the orchid and its pollinators. Cristina Molina hails Ghost Orchid

Paper Portals: A braided spellbook

Weaving together words and images, Paper Portals winds through the migration of the artist’s family, the emergence of their political consciousness, and their work in/for beloved community. Part poem, part visual meditation, part fragments of spells, the work reflects the author’s relationship to New Orleans on a personal, historical, and metaphysical level. Paper Portals invites Paper Portals: A braided spellbook

Gladiator School

Gladiator School documents Theral Harris’ time from ages 13 to 17 incarcerated in Baltimore’s juvenile justice system in the 1990s. Through first-hand narrative, recovered photos, and ephemera, the book exposes the effects of criminalizing youth in a system “designed to break your spirit.” Tammy Mercure is a photographer and book artist. Theral Harris is a Gladiator School

(Morir es Vivir)

Through layers of translucent vellum, (Morir es Vivir) uses drawings, photos, and the collected language of the New Orleans community to consider interconnectivity, individuality, death & living, learning from the past, inheritance, children & families, housing, labor, fossil fuels, prison, revolution, and imagination, all in response to the question: “What must die (institutionally, personally, relationship-wise, (Morir es Vivir)