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Swimmer by Rania D.

I hold onto remnants of your love
It’s not buoyant enough to stay afloat
The drift of thoughts carry me like tidal currents.
Whirling emotions spiraling into a vortex of solitude
Crushing weight of heartbreak is pulling me downwards
I start sinking
Awaiting total submerge
Frantically gasping for air
It strikes me, I faintly remember
Once I was an excellent swimmer
I reach out and emerge
Escape these dark waters that converge
I’m a diver
and have always been a survivor.
By Rania D.

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Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa Exhibition at grunt gallery

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa lives and works in Berlin and Guatemala City. He was born in Guatemala City in 1978 and immigrated to Vancouver in the early 1980’s. In 2006 he received a BFA in Media Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and, in 2008, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was also a postgraduate researcher at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands, in 2013. He has had recent solo exhibitions at CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux; DAAD Galerie, Berlin (2017); and Gasworks, London (2015). Group exhibitions include São Paulo Biennial, Venice Biennale; LACMA, Los Angeles (2017); Lyon Biennial; and EFA Project Space, New York (2015). He has participated in performance series at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2017); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2016); and Tate Modern, London (2015). In recognition of his achievement, Ramírez-Figueroa was awarded the Mies van der Rohe Award (2017); and a DAAD fellowship (2015-16).


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The object-based photos are mostly from the video Linnaeus in Tenebris (2017), and watch if the filename says “Linnaeus “, the more body images of Naufus are from the video Mimesis of Mimesis (2016) 

Vancouver B.C. grunt gallery will host a solo exhibition by Guatemalan-Canadian artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa. Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers mark the artist’s first solo presentation in Vancouver since he left the city to pursue an international art education and career. Continue reading Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa Exhibition at grunt gallery

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Prison by Rania D.

I walk in shackles, secured with self-condemnation

Pacing a cell, reinforced bricks of isolation

It’s suffocating and quiet

Suddenly silence is pierced

With fear’s uninhibited tormented screams

Despair is whipping, stinging lashes cut my thoughts

My heart is panting, pounding, pleading for lost hope

I’m looking through thick bars, tall and raised high

Firmly fixed by expectations and dull standards that confine

My voice has been swallowed

Hushed a long time ago

Emotions suppressed, warm tears dry as they flow

And I know there’s only one

who can set my spirit free

The key is a pendant

that has always been

safely kept with me

By Rania D.

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For the People Episode 5

The tables turn as Aarav, @typednotwritten is interviewed by Nakeysha! She asks him questions about his book and his life. If you wanted to know about your the host of For The People now is your chance to learn about him.

For the People Podcast Episode 5

Aarav then talks to creative guest writer and photographer Marta, @writeshitdown about her creative journey and how New York’s fast-paced living keeps her so busy. She also dives into the importance of meeting your creative friends.