Waller Gallery

Let The Dead In

September 20, 2019 - November 8, 2019

Let The Dead In is a meditation on traditions of resistance, violence, and blackness. Artist and poet Saida Agostini uses photographs, projections, and audio to explore the mythology of black and brown bodies in Guyana. In Agostini's own words “we have reclaimed the fantastic to build our own language of survival.” The combination of “Open Doors” and “Let The Dead In” are winter break homework for those who do not explore these ideas on a regular basis. Children of all ages are encouraged to come, learn, and grow through the work on display.

Saida Agostini is a queer afro-guyanese poet and activist. Her work is featured in Origins, the Black Ladies Brunch Collective's anthology, Not Without Our Laughter, the Baltimore Sun, pluck!, The Little Patuxent Review, and other publications. She has received support for her poetry from Cave Canem, the Blue Mountain Center and other institutions. Other honors include a 2018 Best of the Net nomination, and the award of a 2017 Ruby grant to support the development of her first full-length collection of poems, let the dead in.