Ayabbas: Memory, Sacred Performance and the Restoration of Afro Cuban Women’s Subjectivity to the Cuban Trans/nation

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Yesenia Fernandez Selier

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Yesenia Fernandez Selier, New York University

Yesenia Fernandez Selier (oriselier@gmail.com), a Cuban born performer and researcher, is currently a Media, Culture and Communication PhD student at New York University. Fernadez Selier is the recipient of fellowships from CLACSO, CUNY Caribbean Exchange Program, Cuban Heritage Collection, and the organization Save Latin America. Her work on Afro-Cuban culture, encompassing dance, music, and race identity, has been published in Cuba, the United States, and Brazil. She has worked alongside artists like Coco Fusco, Ivan Acosta, Septeto Nacional de Cuba, Jane Bunnett, Melvis Santa, Venissa Santi, Wynton Marsalis, Chucho Valdés, Pedrito Martinez, and Roman Diaz. She produced the theater play Women Orishas for Miami Cuban Museum (2013), the show Cuba en Clave for the New York Cuban Cultural Center (2014), and the performance-procession Dia de Reyes during the display of Teresita Fernandez sculptures Fata Morgana at Madison Square Park (2015).