Project Libro Abierto

Aurora De Armendi

Project Libro Abierto

Handmade books, writings, and workshops

Project Libro Abierto critically addresses the recent disappearance of Spanish-language bookstores, prominent cultural landmarks in NYC’s Latin American immigrant community. The project aims to reclaim a space in which author and audience can again inhabit and imagine, even if it is only a temporary restoration. For Libro Abierto, I have invited four established poets in the NYC area: Lourdes Gil, Iraida Iturralde, Jennifer Tamayo, and Cecilia Vicuña to respond to this disappearance in the form of a poem written in either or both English and Spanish to be published in a handmade chapbook, letterpress printed, and designed by me. I have also invited NYC-based artists to lead a series of bookbinding workshops for children, teenagers, and adults at the Queens Central Library during the six weeks of the Jamaica Flux exhibition with a pedagogical desire to inculcate an appreciation of the technology of “the book” in the rapidly progressing era of digital media.

Photos by Dominique Sindayiganza unless otherwise noted.

Aurora De Armendi studied at The Cooper Union School of Art and The University of Iowa. Her work has been included in group exhibitions nationally and internationally. She teaches at The Cooper Union Outreach Program and Parsons The New School for Design.