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Film, Video Otra piel para otra entraña: Another Skin for my Insides

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  • Otra piel para otra entraña: Another Skin for my Insides


  • This video is a filmed performance of the "Otra piel para otra entraña" book-dress in the Hispanic Reading Room of the Library of Congress featuring Ruth Behar wearing the piece. Acquired by the Library in 2018, This one-of-a-kind performative work of poetry takes the shape of a black bridal gown that readers unfurl in a celebration of Cuban and American Women poets. Created by Rolando Estévez, the dress includes 45 scrolls containing poems and illustrations, and comes with black and white veils, bouquets, masks and fans. Designed for Ruth Behar herself, the dress pays homage to Cuban women poets and American women poets.

    The gown comes to life as readers unscroll the poems, altering its color and form, while illustrating poetry's transformative power. One among a rich collection of more than 200 Estévez-inspired artists' books at the Library of Congress, "Otra piel para otra entraña" adds to the Library's Latin American and American holdings. It serves as an extraordinary tribute to women poets such as Joy Harjo, Emilia Bernal, Nancy Morej??n, Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks and Emily Dickinson, to name a few.This piece also features poetry included in two of the Library's most important literary audio archives: the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature and the PALABRA Archive.

Event Date

  • September 02, 2022


  • -  Cuban artist Rolando Estévez is the founder and creative director of El Fortín. He became famous in Latin American circles for his work with Ediciones Vigía. This publisher from Matanzas/Bellamar Cuba produced thousands of creative cardboard-collaged books using mimeograph machines, rudimentary tools, and found objects. At El Fortín, Estévez continues to work with similar materials, but in a more experimental manner, incorporating elements of theater and performance as he does in this book/dress.
  • -  Ruth Behar is a Cuban-Jewish-American poet and anthropologist.

Running Time

  • 1 minutes 33 seconds

Online Format

  • video
  • image

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Otra piel para otra entraña: Another Skin for my Insides. 2022. Video.

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