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Saturday March 4th at 6:30pm The Opening Gallery, 42 Walker St

Lena Christakis,The String (if it all flashes), Courtesy of the Opening Gallery

The Opening Gallery is pleased to present a day of poetry readings and performances to mark the end of the current exhibition Atypical. This Saturday March 4 there will be a performance by Elaine Angelopoulos from 4-5pm. Then at 6:30 there will be a reading with Brittany Adames, Bahaar Ahsan, Christina Chalmers, Rachel Stuart, Leda Koutsodaskalou and Jackie Abhulimen. Curated by Sozita Goudouna, Terrence Arjoon, and Adam Brown.


More about Atypical: The exhibition does not draw from notions of the ‘other,’ from worlds within worlds, or from cultural, institutional and discursive spaces that are somehow ‘other,’ but rather explores notions of “newness” as a contemporary utopia that affects primarily the representation of the political subject and the ways new forms of subject hood and community can be imagined and formulated in contemporary art.


Bahaar Ahsan is a poet from the Bay Area living in New York City. She is the author of Gay Girl

Hyacinth (Eyelet 2021).

Brittany Adames is a Dominican-American writer. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and featured in Half Mystic, Palette Poetry, Vagabond City, Rust+Moth, and elsewhere. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at Brooklyn College.

Christina Chalmers is a poet, translator, and researcher, and her new book Subterflect is forthcoming from Distance No Object Press. Other chapbooks include Truant of the Stintless Sun (1080), and willingness (materials).

Elaine Angelopoulos lives and works in New York City. She is an artist with an interdisciplinary approach that bridges her studio practice with audience participation, with select installations and performances. Her work has been exhibited in New York, the United States, and in Europe. Angelopoulos received a Franklin Furnace Fund/Jerome Fellowship in 2014/15. Recently, she performed for POPc, an organization that fosters dialogue about philosophy.

Jackie Abhulimen is a writer, scholar and activist from Athens, Greece and currently living in New York City. Her activism in dismantling the inequities that shape the migrant experience in Europe has been featured in the New York Times, Aljazeera, NPR to name a few, and in local Greek press. She has given speeches in the Greek Parliament, served on the Greek National Council Against Racism and Intolerance, and presented in conferences across Europe. She now works in cultural programming, writes on diasporic culture and practice and is currently working on her first manuscript of poems.

Leda Koutsodaskalou is an actor based in Athens and New York. She just graduated from Tisch School of the Arts with an MA in Performance Studies. Among others, she has collaborated with The National Theater of Greece, the National Theater of Northern Greece, The Athens and Epidaurus Festival and Stegi Onassis Cultural Center. Her last film credit is Midnight Skin by Manolis Mavris that is going to premier in May.

Rachel Stuart is a poet living in Brooklyn. She writes on a typewriter.

The Opening Gallery The Opening Gallery was launched in the summer of 2022 as an initiative that supports contemporary art and international artists beyond the confines of the art market, while it fosters cultural engagement and exchanges between the US and the globe. *50% of the proceeds support neurodiversity, charitable causes, and 25% of the proceeds are donated to the non-profit Luv Michael which is committed to enriching the lives of autistic adults.


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