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Listening is an art—now more than ever—and the launch of Asiya Wadud’s ECHO EXHIBIT places communication front and center throughout the Seaport.

The Installations of poems, crafted from quarantine conversations between strangers, is part of River to River, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s (LMCC) annual summer festival that celebrates the city’s resilience.

Earlier this summer, members of the downtown community were invited to speak with a poet to seed the conversations that would become the poems of ECHO EXHIBIT. Visual representations of the poems designed by Shannon Finnegan can now be found scattered around the Seaport, with new poems installed each week through the summer.

Read the full collection of poems here—and keep your eyes peeled for them the next time you’re in the neighborhood.

About Asiya Wadud: ECHO EXHIBIT

Poems form in the space we make for them. Sometimes a few words rattle around our minds, with only the faintest context to give them shape. Sometimes there is a fleeting image we want to imprint — we want it to stay with us a little longer. If we sit with the image, we can watch it come into focus — we can take hold of the words, we write them down and watch the poem take its shape.

The poems of ECHO EXHIBIT capture the ideas, textures and sensations of a particular interaction during the uncertainties and challenges of this present moment. We invite you to celebrate and reflect on these mutual experiences, both personally and as a community.

Participating writers include Lara Atallah, Sevinç Çalhanoğlu, Chia-Lun Chang, Alisha Mascarenhas, Madison McCartha, Rebekah Smith, and Asiya Wadud.

Co-presented with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) as part of River To River 2020

About River to River

River To River, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s (LMCC) annual summer festival, was created in the aftermath of 9/11 with the intention to heal and celebrate New Yorkers’ resiliency through the power of art. For almost 20 years this principle has been the driving force behind this unique festival, totally free and open to all. River To River 2020 invites artists to create new works to offer to New Yorkers as we navigate these uncharted waters together.