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Puerto Rican Artist Creates Exhibit With A Political Edge

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A photograph from a new exhibit by Puerto Rican photographer Adál Maldonado


Being underwater in a confined space, unable to breathe, triggers an instinctual alarm—it’s uncomfortably close to actually drowning. For celebrated Puerto Rican photographer Adál Maldonado, it’s also a biting metaphor for the state of the island today.

In his new series, Puerto Ricans Underwater, Adál presents Boricuas of varying ages, lifestyles and occupations, each of them submerged in a tub, their bodies restricted by its size and their faces obscured beneath the bathwater. The resulting images are subtly eerie and chill-inducing; they evoke the shock and burn of accidentally inhaling water.

But that’s only the ...

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Paradise Lost: The Poetry of Bessy Reyna

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Bessy Reyna first learned about the beauty of poetry as a fourth grader in Cuba, when her teacher selected her to memorize a poem and recite it to the class.

After moving with her family to Panama, she came to the U.S. in 1968, having received a scholarship from Mt. Holyoke College. She went on to earn master’s and law degrees from UConn and for many years worked at the state Judicial Branch in Hartford.

She is the author ...

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Daisy Infantas: From University Of Hartford To Hartford Stage

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Daisy Infantas


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I noticed Daisy Infantas’ name when I was reading the program for Comedy of Errors, the new production at Hartford Stage of the play by William Shakespeare directed by Darko Tresnjak, which opens their new season. As I have done many times before, I wrote to David Henderson, Director of Marketing at Hartford Stage, to set up an interview with her. Turns out there is more than one Latino actor in this play; the other is Kalob Martinez, who plays an officer and is an MFA student in the Puppet Arts Program at the University of Connecticut.

I was very pleased when Infantas, who ...

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