Williamsburg: A Place I Once Called Home
Not the usual
I find a way to share what is in me by making, folding, touching and bending.
NIGHT -A series of 10 unique handmade books
by Mara Catalán and Lito Portela.
Lito and I have known each other since childhood when as the youngest of 7 siblings, we would vacation with my family in Moaña, a small town in Galicia were Lito ilives. Over the years we have remained in contact, maintaining a friendship that has spanned place and time. During one recent visit with Lito, I began to describe the archive of photographs that she had of Williamsburg, the Brooklyn neighborhood where I have lived since the mid 90s. Lito began to question her photographs and her memories captured inside of them. Together we began a dialog in which I would send Lito copies of my photographs, which would provide a backdrop for his paintings. His particular vision of a place he has never been becomes a pictorial novel of the night and what can be conjured up by it.
Each book is a unique and singular object.