Ana Maria Caballero

POESÍA DE PROTESTA is an exhibition featuring 10 Spanish poems written by Hispanic women. The texts all express a form of protest–political, economical, sexual, or social. Each poem has been interpreted by a visual artist, with curation by Cuban historian and art professor Gladys Garrote.

POESÍA DE PROTESTA es una exposición que presenta 10 poemas en español escritos por mujeres hispanas. Todos los textos expresan una forma de protesta, ya sea política, económica, sexual o social. Cada poema ha sido interpretado por un artista visual, con la curaduría de la historiadora del arte cubana Gladys Garrote.

Ana María Caballero x Natalia Shlyakhovaya


It doesn’t happen when the mouths open to swallow the tribunals–
printing presses paused, arrows ablaze.

It doesn’t happen with a thousand fingers suspended on a single neck.
One neck that hides one thousand holes.

 It only happens when told from a distance–
like a Polish film with German funding.

Square trucks, paler women,
very tall men. Further continents, archived books.

It only happens when the story is told as a story:
Once upon a time, in a mountainous country lived a woman
full of rumors—

Dig here, she said, dig there.

The story, when told in present time, if it launches with death,
slips away like myth.

It happens. But only at the end of the film, when the names stop rolling,
and the audience glances at each other, before exiting in silence.


Debuted at Refraction x Miami Art Week ‘22