Arisleyda Dilone: “Y Este Cuerpo También/This Body, Too” Screening and Artist Talk

Presented as part of the 2019-2020 Visual Artist AIRspace Residency Exhibition, on-view October 3 – December 6.

Arisleyda Dilone presents a work-in-progress excerpt from their forthcoming feature-length documentary, Y Este Cuerpo También/This Body, Too, which chronicles the filmmaker’s journey as a queer intersex woman in a clan of Dominican-American women. The film considers the literal construction of womanhood and femininity within their own family in an effort to make space for complexity, collective healing, and personal growth. The screening will be followed by a discussion between Dilone and film curator Dessane Lopez Cassell.

ASL interpretation and closed captioning will be provided for the post-screening discussion.


ABOUT

Arisleyda Dilone is a filmmaker, writer, actor and multilingual translator. Her films are rooted in capturing extemporaneous conversations through a tender lens. In 2015, Arisleyda completed Mami y Yo y Mi Gallito/Mom and Me and My Little Rooster (16′) which screened at BAM (Brooklyn Arts Museum), New Orleans Film Festival, Harvard University, and Mercer Union to name a few and Two White Cars (22′) in 2018. She has been awarded fellowships at UnionDocs Documentary Art Center, Queer Art Mentorship Program, and residencies at Squeaky Wheel Media and MacDowell Colony. Arisleyda is currently working on a feature length documentary about her intersex body and the construction of femininity in her Dominican-American family. She is a member of Diverse  Filmmakers Alliance, Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and Ay Ombe Theater.

Dessane Lopez Cassell is an editor, writer, and film curator based in New York. A former US Fulbright fellow, she has held curatorial positions at The Museum of Modern Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Allen Memorial Art Museum. Cassell has organized curatorial projects and screenings for Flaherty NYC, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), MoMA Film, and the Allen, and her writing has been published in Hyperallergic, Film Comment, and in catalogues issued by the Whitney Museum, the Studio Museum, and MoMA, among others. She chairs the experimental film subcommittee for BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia, and currently serves as Editor of Reviews at Hyperallergic.


FUNDING

2019-2020 
AIRspace Visual Artist Residency Exhibition 
is supported in part by a generous grant from the Avery Arts Foundation, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The 2020-2021 Season at Abrons Arts Center is supported, in part, by generous grants from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jerome Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, and other generous Henry Street Settlement funders. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image Credit: Arisleyda Dilone