Paper Portals: A braided spellbook R. Cielo Cruz


Binding: Perfect Bound
Pages: 56
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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 the reader into a stretching exercise, straddling multiple planes and timelines, to explore memories, ruptures, and their messy results.

R. Cielo Cruz (they/them) is a writer, parent, social justice movement leader, intersectional feminist, and multi-media artist. They have lived in New Orleans for 25 years and in that time, worked closely with numerous organizations in the struggle for racial justice, lgbtqia+ liberation and immigrant rights. They hold an MA in Latin American Studies from the Stone Center at Tulane University. Born in the US to Cuban parents, Cruz identifies as a pre-natal exile, remaining close to the grandparents and other family who stayed behind in Cuba.

This project resulted from Cielo’s Paper Machine residency in November 2022.

Additional information

Weight .3 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 in

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