On Saturday June 4th 2022 Helena Deda and Alex Faoro will share a small collection of work at their home in Ridgewood, New York. This presentation will happen in conjunction with the release of Helena’s new poetry and photography book, I Would Have Freed Myself.
“This book was assembled in early 2022, some months after traveling home to Kosova for the first time in a decade. The text and images contained herein are an embodiment of my lived experience over the past twenty-three years; as a woman, as a refugee, as an immigrant. As someone who is still searching for herself - in spaces, in memories, in dreams.
The selected poems were written in New York throughout 2019; the exact dates are unknown. The accompanying photographs were produced at various locations in Kosova, Albania and Montenegro, while retracing the path taken by myself and countless others during the Serbian incursion and NATO bombardment of Yugoslavia in 1999.”
- I Would Have Freed Myself, Introduction
The book will be available for purchase the night of the event.
The evening will also include a short reading, slide projections and a small video installation in the adjacent room. Helena and Alex will premiere a video they recently completed, here and there, then and now (2022).
All proceeds will be donated to a refugee relief fund and / or shared directly with families and individuals in need.
Saturday June 4th
730 pm to 12 am
556 Fairview Avenue 2L
Ridgewood, New York
byob / food provided