Bibliobandido: Story-Eater (Installation)
As if you stepped into the belly of some belching beast or into a shadowy dense forest, ‘Bibliboandido: Story-Eater” is an immersive, participatory installation embodying the legend around ‘Bibliobandido’, a story-eating bandit created by Marisa Morán Jahn and the Library Club of El Pital, Honduras. The exhibition originally curated by Amy Rosenblum Martín features three focal points where visitors can hear Honduran youth about the Bibliobandido-themed myth and rituals they created (see video below), craft a small book to create their own story, and offer a story to appease Bibliobandido’s insatiable appetite. When visitors kneel to share their story and peek through a hole in the wall, a motion-triggered sensor activates a whir of lights and rumbling, burping sound — as if you’re inside the belly of Bibliobandido.
In 2018, this exhibition debuted at the Sugar Hill Museum of Art and Storytelling located in Central Harlem — where middle school literacy rates rank at 30% of the city-wide median and where Bibliobandido becomes urgent. In 2019, the exhibition travelled to the STAMPS Gallery at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, curated by Srimoyee Mitra.
Marisa Morán Jahn’s collaborators for this installation include Dario Nunez-Armeni and Amy Rosenblum-Martín. Previous collaborators: youth in Honduras, communities in Queens NY, Rachel McIntire, Seattle Public Library, and the artist’s preschool and kindergartens in NYC.