The NAGB welcomes you to In Conversation with Sonia Farmer and acclaimed Trinidadian poet Shivanee Ramlochan on Friday, March 22nd, 2019 from 7:00 pm.
Farmer and Ramlochan will discuss their NE9 project 'The Red Thread Cycle' a collaborative artist book project. Shivanee Ramlochan’s first poetry collection, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting (Peepal Tree Press, 2017) has been met with overwhelming regional and international praise. The work catalogues sexual assault and its aftermath is not easy on the eye, heart, or gut—but we must be open to what the pain of these poems teach us about trauma and survival in the Caribbean.
Deserving a close and intimate reading, Sonia Farmer presents each of Ramlochan's seven poems as their book structures, letterpress-printed in a limited edition collection. Linked through repetitive imagery directly mined from the poems, these books reinterpret the original linear poetic form, each structure inhabiting the individual voice of their poem to refract and reflect its narrative, allowing the reader to access their core emotional complexities as they engage with each piece.
The artists will discuss the more extensive collaboration, intricacies and triggers around sexual violence and trauma and the ability to heal through true connection, awareness and engagement. The event is free and open to the public and is a part of the National Exhibition 9 "The Fruit and The Seed" programming.