Children and families are invited to participate in this interactive reading of selected short stories from Aquiles Nazoa's The Secret Life of Rag Dolls, a humoristic and ingenious work originally published in Venezuela in 1975 and re-edited by artist Faride Mereb in 2019. The reading will be followed by a doll-making activity using everyday materials.

Materials that can be used:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Tin foil
  • Yarn (assorted colors)
  • Scissors
  • Markers/colored pencils/crayons
  • Glue stick
  • Craft paper (assorted colors)
  • Found bits (buttons, broken jewelry, shoe laces, scrap fabric, etc)

About the host

Fabiola R. Delgado is a Venezuelan Human Rights Lawyer turned independent curator, creative consultant, and program specialist at the Hirshhorn Museum. As Amnesty International Regional Manager in Venezuela, her activism proved too dangerous, forcing her to move to the United States where she currently seeks political asylum, and dedicates herself to finding justice through artistic and cultural expressions. She strives for thought-provoking and imaginative projects that bring forward different perspectives, ignored, and forgotten stories. R. Delgado has worked with the Smithsonian Institution, The Embassy of Spain, Times Square Arts, The Center for Book Arts NYC, MacArthur Fellow Mel Chin, and the Obama White House.


About this project

Notions of Exile” is a virtual exhibition and series of programs, co-curated by Fabiola R. Delgado and Faride Mereb. The project explores the cultural influence of the largest recorded refugee crisis in the Americas—the forced migration of six million Venezuelans from their homeland—using Venezuelan writer and journalist Aquiles Nazoa’s stories of exile and migration as a metaphorical "table" around which the co-curators have gathered artists from Venezuela and its diaspora. The participants include Génesis Alayón, Leonardo Almao, Miguel Braceli, Deborah Castillo, Alexander Chaparro, Gabriela García, Mercedes Golip, Samoel González, Franklin Hurtado, Diana López, Henry Rueda, Henry Solórzano, Ugo Ulive, Graciela Yáñez Vicentini, and Luis Moreno Villamediana. Access the virtual exhibition here.


Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 2:00–3:00 pm EST