Event - Voces desde el Silencio: Arte, inmigración e identidad

Voces desde el Silencio: Arte, inmigración e identidad

02.02.22, 7:00 pm

Ciclo de conversatorios: Voces desde El Silencio; arte, inmigración e identidad

El Museo de Queens, el programa New New Yorkers y el escritor peruano Nilton Maa presentan el ciclo de conversatorios Voces Desde El Silencio; arte, inmigración e identidad. Este proyecto se encuentra dividido en cuatro temáticas que serán presentadas todos los miércoles del mes de febrero desde las 7:00pm (hora Nueva York) y serán transmitidas desde las redes oficiales del Museo de Queens.

Este proyecto busca generar un espacio de diálogo entre los miembros de
las distintas comunidades de habla hispana y los artistas invitados para
cada mesa, las cuales serán divididas en las siguientes temáticas,


Miércoles 02 de febrero: Poesía e Identidad
Miércoles 09 de febrero: Inmigración y Diversidad
Miércoles 16 de febrero: Inmigración y desarraigo
Miércoles 23 de febrero: Inmigración e identidad en la literatura


This event is part of a series of online talks with Immigrant Artists hosted by the New New Yorkers Program for its Spanish audience and is conducted by Nilton Maa and streamed live via Zoom.


Access to this conversation is free, but registration is required. Please send an email to: ggaraycochea@queensmuseum.org with the title “Poetry and Identity”.



Jennifer Shyue is a Spanish-English translator focused on Cuban and Peruvian literature and assistant editor at New Vessel Press. She has received grants from Fulbright, the Institute of Comparative Modernities at Cornell, Princeton, and the University of Iowa. Most recently, her translations have appeared in Circumference, Latin American Literature Today, and The Margins. Vice-royal-ties, her translation of Julia Wong Kcomt’s poetry collection Bi-rey-nato, was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2021.


Eliana Hernández is part of Lugar Común, a New York-based collective of Latin American poets, writers, and artists tseekingto open experimental spaces for artistic training and the dissemination of Latin American lliteratureperformative and musical works.


In October 2021, Lugar Común launched its first Latin American Poetry Fest, which brought together poets and musicians from Argentina, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic at the legendary Toñita’s bar and community center in Brooklyn. Lugar Común is raising funds for the second version of the festival, Globar Zur2, which will bring together poets from Africa and Latin America.


Nilton Maa is an actor, storyteller, and writer. He studied performing arts at the School of Expression and Art “Augusto Boal.” As a son of a Chinese immigrant to Peru and a Peruvian mother, Maa feels identified with both cultures. His activities include poetry and theater. He was a finalist in the contest “El Mar” (2011), organized by the Embassy of Taipei in Peru, and his work has been exhibited in the exhibition “chinarte” (2019). He currently directs and hosts the virtual channel “Presencia Oriental,” which presents artists from various disciplines, mainly related to the Tushan community. His identity is grounded in the image of his father and Chinese customs, which are interwoven with his Peruvian Andean roots.


“Voices from Silences, Poetry and Identity” is a series of talks that seeks to show artistic expressions as a tool for developing our voice, giving space to these new mixed identities, and finding a common place where we can all recognize ourselves. In the same way, to talk about identity and immigration present in the artistic works of the guests, what uprooting means to them (being from here, there, or nowhere), and the construction of the term homeland for those born in the USA of immigrant parents. Following this premise, four conferences of 45 minutes to 1 hour will be developed, with two panelists and a moderator for each date. These guests will be representatives of various branches of art, from different countries, born in or residing in New York (with some exceptions).


Immigration today is not so different from talking about the migratory movements that have shaped the world. Human beings are in constant latitudinal direction, whether it is due to politics, wars, social trends, discrimination, or the simple intention of finding one’s place in the world. Immigration is not only about arriving in a new country and continuing with the normality of our lives; it is also about uprooting ourselves from our native land, changing the language (in some cases), understanding the cultural differences of the place of arrival, and at the same time, clinging to the memory of the homeland without this preventing us from continuing to learn. These interpersonal processes create spaces where the fusion tries to find its place in the pre-established social groups. Not identifying oneself generates emptiness, insecurities, and a long evolution of ambiguities.