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Counter Memory: Uncovering the Violent Truth of My Puerto Rican “American” Identity

Artwork Provided and Curated by Nayda Cuevas

January 19 – February 23, 2018, Abrazo Interno Gallery

Artist: Nayda Cuevas

Opening Reception – January 19th, 2018 6:30-8:00 PM

Abrazo Interno Gallery Hours: Monday – Sunday, 3:30 – 7:00 PM

Exhibition Dates – January 19th – February 23rd, 2018

107 Suffolk St, NY, NY 10002

Counter memory means to recover lost history. This comes at a politically turbulent time, more noticeably after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. The Hurricane has made visible the complex political relationship between the island and the mainland.
I aim to explore narrative structures by recovering the suppressed or forgotten histories of my Puerto Rican Heritage. Violence, secrets kept by the U.S. government, murder, conspiracy, and torture occurred because of a large group of individuals wanted to gain independence from the United States. I gained much respect for Pedro Albizu Campos, the leading figure in the Puerto Rican independence movement and became aware of the FBI files kept on individuals in Puerto Rico. I uncovered the suppressed and forgotten relationship of my own family with Mr. Albizu Campos which prompted by research to investigate my family’s relationship and/or participation with the independence movement of Puerto Rico.
The Exhibition at the Clemente Center Abrazo Interno Gallery will showcase my research and silkscreen images created to represent the storytelling of my findings. My great-grandfather Angel Ramos Torres and Pedro Albizu Campos were friends and compadres. Come for a night of history, mystery, conversation and Art on January 19th, 6:30-8:00 pm. I will also have available for sale my self-published art book entitled “PUERTO ameRICAN: The Untold Story of Pedro Albizu Campos, Angel Ramos Torres and the U.S.”