Honoring the legacy of Hiram Maristany
Honoring the Living Black Archive:
Honoring the Living Black Archive is a conversation between archivists examining and working to preserve and sustain the legacy of communities and cultural memory via the living black archive.
Our Black history/futures program will begin with a presentation paying homage to Hiram Maristany (1945-2022), a most prolific and renowned Afro-Nuyorican photographer, documentarian, and activist revered and respected for capturing the multifaceted lives of Puerto Ricans in East Harlem for over sixty years.
The discussion will be Moderated by En Foco’s Curator-at-Large, Tarisse Iriarte, and featuring Melody Capote (Executive Director CCCADI) who is a long time friend of the late Maristany, she will be joined by Chayanne Marcano (Archivist/Associate Producer-Abrons Art Center), and Stephanie Alvarado (Archivist/Memory worker/Activist).
Our esteemed panelists will guide a conversation detailing their archival practice and approaches to historical archiving, preservation and digitization. Their work amplifies how the Black archive aims to propel communities forward during a time of rapid cultural displacement. Panelists will discuss how communities throughout New York City are turning to archives as a tool for activism and to memorialize relationships. The conversation will focus on how black archives bring together communities from across the diaspora who share similar and distinct histories of struggle, joy and radical imagination.