The Poetics of Fragility (English/Español) interweaves stories of bodily frailty with vignettes of nature’s delicacy to reclaim fragility as intrinsic to existence, not something to be bemoaned or overcome. The project was launched in Oakland California in October 2016 with the simultaneous release of a Film, Artist Book & Website. The project has since traveled to 11 cities in North America, Europe, India and Argentina with multiple screenings in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, London and Bangalore.

The film: The Poetics of Fragility was filmed in the San Francisco Bay Area with two segments in Buenos Aires. It features Angela Davis, Cherrie Moraga, Nora Cortiñas (the founding member of the Argentinian, Madres de Plaza de Mayo Linea Fundadora), María Laura Cáccamo and Bay Area performers Greg Manalo, Thao P. Nguyen, Martha Rynberg, Jisha Menon, Christopher Miles, Xochitl M. Perales and Jasim Perales. The film uses poetry, dramatic narration and performance to propose that we rethink fragility as not merely break-down, weakness or break-up but as natural and indeed an aspect of strength. The contemplative film was scripted by Lata Mani and shot by Nicolás Grandi. It unfolds through stories and visual portraits that build on each other.

The website is a community platform that hosts the trailer, film, supporting materials and curated creative responses to the film, sonic, graphic, audiovisual, literary.

The artist book reimagines the script as a tactile experience and works with typography, digital collages and stills from the film to create an interactive visual, conceptual and sensory print experience (see clip left). Contact us if you are interested in purchasing the book ($50). 

Installations: Audiovisual and Textual installations extending the investigation of fragility into space-based experiments with form and matter.  Launched in Buenos Aires on 12 August 2017 @ La Paternal Espacio y Proyecto this exhibition also included live performance by five Buenos Aires based dancers, VJs & performance artists who were invited to respond to the project. 




"The Poetics of Fragility is a subtle and tender message of our condition as embrace of poetic contemplation on the nature of suffering. Wonderful work!" Lourdes Portillo, Academy Award winning filmmaker.

"The Poetics of Fragility is an exquisite film.  Lata Mani is among the most significant cultural critics at work today. A life-threatening car crash transformed her secular worldview.  She discovered the reality of the divine.  The resultant synthesis of sacred and secular thought is a powerful corrective to the deficit of the numinous in many progressive fields of discourse.  Read Lata Mani and watch the film.  You will be enlightened." Michael Lerner is co-founder and President of Commonweal

“It made tangible the ways in which transdisciplinarity can deliver insights that cannot be produced from more familiar interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary approaches. It was not just that The Poetics of Fragility stirred the senses and emotions, but that these were inextricably linked with intellectual discernment. This linking of affect, sensuality and scholarship is truly innovative and can make an invaluable intervention in university curricula and pedagogy." Ann Phoenix, University College London

"This film's textures, silences and angles get us closer to the experience of pain than any prose or textbook. It will resonate with anyone who's danced with chronic pain, but more than pain, chronic is the key word here...time...The Poetics of Fragility points you squarely to the scourge, the salve, and finally the ruse of time and jazz is the perfect response." Dr. B. J. Miller, University of California, San Francisco

“For me, the most revelatory was the concept of the “non-narrative.” That is truly the crux of pain. I believe everyone…can benefit from experiencing this film…it should be required in all medical schools and healing centers.” Dr. Bill Gray, MD & Classical Homeopath


Screenings of The Poetics of Fragility

  • Premiere at Impact Hub Oakland, October 2, 2016
  • University of California Berkeley, October 3, 2016
  • University of British Columbia, October 5, 2016
  • New York University, October 12, 2016
  • University of California San Diego, October 17, 2016
  • University of California Los Angeles, October 19, 2016
  • University of Southern California, October 20, 2016
  • The New School, Commonweal, Bolinas, October 25, 2016
  • National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore, January 6, 2017
  • Azim Premji University, Bangalore, February 24, 2017
  • Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, March 9, 2017
  • Birkbeck College, University of London, May 17, 2017
  • University of Amsterdam, May 23, 2017
  • Goldsmiths, University of London, May 25, 2017
  • Featured film for August 2017, Centro Cultural de la Cooperación, Buenos Aires, August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31.
  • Visible Evidence, Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, August 4, 201


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