The Spring Symposia series of the Syracuse University Humanities Center
concludes with a two-day residency by Dominican author/musician Rita Indiana and Puerto Rican filmmaker Noelia Quintero. Much of their visit will focus on issues of contemporary Caribbean identity.
Titled “Writing, Performing, Producing Difference,” the residency begins Thursday, April 23, with a screening of Quintero’s La motora roja tiene que aparecer
at 7 p.m. in Gifford Auditorium of Huntington Beard Crouse Hall. Afterward, she will lead a discussion about the 2008 documentary, which examines the cultural importance of street art.
The following day, Quintero will join Indiana for an HC Mini-Seminar from 10 a.m. to noon in room 304 of the Tolley Humanities Building. Later that day at 7 p.m, Indiana will read some of her selected works at La Casita Cultural Center (109 Otisco St., Syracuse).
All events are free and open to the public; however, the HC Mini-Seminar requires registration. To register, contact organizer Sydney Hutchinson, assistant professor of music history and cultures in the College of Arts and Sciences, at email@example.com
For more information, contact the Humanities Center at 315-443-7192 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“We’re honored to host this residency by Noelia Quintero and Rita Indiana, both of whom use the creative and performing arts to address issues of contemporary Caribbean identities, politics, and gender,” says Gerald R. Greenberg, senior associate dean for A&S and interim director of the Humanities Center. “That their collaboration is both a personal and professional one is sure to evoke an insightful dialogue.”
In addition to being a filmmaker, Quintero is a digital media specialist, scriptwriter, and producer. She has worked on various projects for television, radio, and film throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe.
La motora roja tiene que aparecer
(loosely translated as The Red Motor Must Appear
) is typical of Quintero’s interest in the “needs and shifts” of contemporary culture. “The street is kind of a memory pool, where every-day experiences, art, and communication take on a kind of primitive form,” she says. “Art manifested in urban spaces shows us where and how we live.”