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"Las Mujeres de Abril: Hispanic Heritage Spotlight on Women Freedom Fighters During the Resistance of the US Invasion of the Dominican Republic"

Join us for an art presentation from Middle member Lourdes Bernard. In her own words: "In 2017 as the anti-immigration policies of the current administration escalated from the Muslim Ban to child-separation my anger gave way to curiosity and inspiration. This project began with a profound curiosity about my parents’ experience while living under Trujillo’s dictatorship and a desire to understand how Trujillo’s assassination, and the revolution that followed, became catalysts for our migration to NYC. Creating these images was a way to reclaim this history, and the collection of 65 images are formatted as a “family” album that embraces and documents the events that led to April 1965. The full size portraits depict Las Mujeres de Abril, a group of women who took up arms to fight for freedom becoming a significant part of the resistance during the US invasion of Dominican Republic."

Lourdes Bernard is a Dominican American Visual Artist raised in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Syracuse University School of Architecture and The New York Studio School. Exhibitions include: El Museo del Barrio, PS1 contemporary Art Center, Boston College, The Wilmer Jennings Gallery, NYPL and 5 Myles Gallery. She is a recipient of a Yaddo Foundation Fellowship and The Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship. Her project "The Women of April" will be exhibited at CUNY’s Dominican Studies Institute at City College, Spring 2020.

Bernard is an Ignatian Spiritual Director and a long time practitioner of zazen meditation. She is a 2019 graduate of the Living School at the Center for Action and Contemplation where she studied with James Finley, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Richard Rohr. Learn more at www.lourdesbernard.com.

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