Re’al Christian & danilo machado in Conversation

Join us on the @artpapers Instagram for a live conversation between Fall/Winter 2020, “Monumental Interventions” contributors Re’al Christian and danilo machado.

Re’al and danilo will discuss their process of collaboration on two interlocking texts—an essay and a poem—in response to the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and danilo will read two poems that inspired the collaboration. 

This conversation is part of a series of virtual talks with ART PAPERS contributors to expand the discourse around our themes and promote dialogue between writers with overlapping interests/knowledge.

For those who cannot join us live, this conversation will be available to view afterwards on Instagram TV.


Re’al Christian is a writer and art historian based in Queens, NY. Her work has appeared in Art in AmericaArt in PrintBOMB Magazine, and The Brooklyn Rail. She is an MA candidate in art history at Hunter College and a curatorial fellow at the Hunter College Art Galleries. She earned her bachelor’s degree in art history and media studies at New York University.

danilo machado is a poet, curator, and critic on occupied land interested in language’s potential for revealing tenderness, erasure, and relationships to power. A 2020–2021 Poetry Project Emerge-Surface-Be Fellow, they have had writing featured in Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, artcritical, and TAYO Literary Magazine, among others. machado curated the exhibitions Otherwise Obscured: Erasure in Body and Text (2019) and support structures (2020), and co-founded/co-curates the reading series Maracuyá Peach and the chapbook/broadside fundraiser already felt: poems in revolt & bounty. They are working to show up with care for their communities.

danilo portrait photo credit: Avery Camp