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Meet Kevin Ruano, Programs Intern

Get to know Kevin Ruano, our new Programs Intern:

 

So, what made you decide to intern with The LP?

The Laundromat Project’s mission to proliferate access to the arts in local communities mostly composed of people of color instantly attracted me. I strongly believe members of communities The Laundromat Project prioritizes have the ability, intuition, and vision to truly transform and challenge contemporary artistic and social thought. My hope is that with The Laundromat Project I can facilitate their creative processes.

 

Do you have your own creative practice? If so, tell us more!

I would describe myself as a “diary artist”. The poems, photographs, and videos I create are amateur pieces of art at best that relate to my thinking and feeling of the day. If together they form a trajectory or vision its coincidental not intentional—I promise.

 

Can you tell us about an artist or project that has inspired you?

I am heavily inspired by the work of the Cuban-American artist, Ana Mendieta. She purposely created her “earth-body” sculptures with the intention to deconstruct what I think of as the violent dichotomy between the human body and other organic (vegetable and animal) life imposed by colonialism. Her thoughts and works inform, in particular, my developing relationship with nature, its elements, (including) my body, indigeneity and the feminine.

 

What is your favorite… film?

O abraço da serpente directed by Ciro Guerra

 

…album?

Transa by Caetano Veloso

 

…food?

Mouth watering açai and coxinha.

 

Where do you do your laundry?

The basement of my college dorm building.

 

In your opinion, why does art matter?

I like to imagine art as being the home and medium of the creative philosophers of our day. That said, I definitely believe art to be a major catalyst for critical thought and social change.

 

Follow Kevin on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/kevinantonix/

 

Kevin Ruano is a Salvadorean-American raised in Washington, DC. He is currently a senior at Columbia University studying Comparative Literature and Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

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