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2022 Keynote and Open CP Seminar with Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro at De Appel

Ocean Blue

Livestream event: 17 January, 18:30

de Appel’s 2022 Keynote on January 17th will be presented by poet, writer and translator Mayra A. Rodriguez Castro (Bogotá, Colombia), in which she will consider passage as a visionary interval.

“If the continent was the ground, and grund in modern philosophy, then the vastness of the ocean with its archipelagos and depths poses a different plea. From the transatlantic slave trade to the first exploration of New York Bay aboard the Dutch ship ‘Halve Maen’ in 1609, to the colonies of ‘Spice Islands’ and modern commerce routes, myriad histories of passage constitute the aesthetic, financial and epistemological paradigms of our day. It is said that the New World was discovered, an arcane voice says; the land was curtailed. The colonies were saturated with painterly strokes, lyricism and industry, every trace separating word form world.”


The 2022 Keynote will be streamed live on our website.


Open CP Seminars with Mayra Rodríguez Castro and guests

Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro will host three consecutive seminars on arrival at de Appel. The three sessions; I Love, I Do’ by Arlette-Louise Ndakoze (18 January), ‘Interlude’ (19 January) and ‘The Death of the Occident’ by Nathanaël (20 January), will inspect paradigms of matter, artefact and symbol. Each session extends the journey embarked by Rodríguez Castro, studying encounters in art and conversation, as if our objects of study appeared at the horizon for the first time.


The seminars on the 18th and 19th of January will begin at 10:00, the seminar on the 20th of January will begin at 14:00


To participate in any of the seminars via Zoom, please sign up via reservations@deappel.nl


About Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro

Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro is a Colombian writer and translator. She is the editor of She is a former Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The John F. Kennedy Institute of Northamerican Studies (Freie Universität Berlin, 2018) and recipient of the Anne Waldman Fellowship (Naropa University, 2019). Rodríguez Castro lives in New York.


In 2020, on the occasion of the publication of Audre Lorde – Dream of Europe: selected seminars and interviews: 1984-1992 (Kenning Editions, 2020) edited with an afterword by Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro and a preface by Dagmar Schultz, de Appel organized a close reading group in order to collectively read and give voice to Lorde’s work as assembled in that book.