We Are Always in Conversation: Works by Samuel Miranda
Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center
Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus
My work is usually figurative and puts an emphasis on subjects that I believe need to be recognized, artists, poets and musicians labeled as “local”, people captured by my grandfather’s lens, or people who I have sipped rum, wine, or coffee with. The need to focus on these people comes from an interaction with my grandfather, where I asked him to tell me stories about his life and he responded, “for what, its not important.” I want to value the importance of each person I meet, of the images of people who I might not know but meant enough to someone to capture them, I want to be part of telling the story they might not feel is important enough to tell.
Sami Miranda is a teacher, poet and visual artist. Originally from the Bronx, he has made his home in Washington, DC. He is the author of two collections of poetry, We Is from Zozobra Publishing and Departure from Central Square Press. His artwork has been exhibited in DC, New York, Madrid and Puerto Rico. He collaborates with musicians, visual artists and other poets, teaches creative writing and ethics in high school and curates a reading series and exhibition series at the American Poetry Museum in Washington, DC. He has an MFA in Poetry from Bennington Writing Seminars and a BA in Fine Art from Georgetown University.