WRITER / PERFORMER (Ecuador - New York)
Safet Bektesevic is an Ecuadorian writer, performer, artist, art curator, and cultural entrepreneur, who has lived and worked in Ecuador and the United States. He is currently based in New York City. He works at the intersection of art and politics, exploring the nature of identity in relation to the movement of peoples in migratory processes. In 2020, Safet was selected to participate in the Creative Capital Taller in New York. Safet founded The Arrival, a New York-based transnational cultural company which creates programs and movements that foster learning, civic responsibility, culture and innovation, both in New York and Latin America, with a particular focus on fostering Latinx culture in the United States. Safet has participated in several literary events, symposiums, and book discussions. He has been a panelist at the Brooklyn Book Festival, and at the Hispano/Latino Book Festival, and has curated cultural and social impact events for Lincoln Center, Fordham, and Queens Library. Currently, Safet is hosting a digital poetry series which gathers poets and academics from around the world. Safet is also a Model UN enthusiast, and has participated in a number of Model UN conferences, including Columbia and Harvard. Safet holds a B.A. magna cum laude in Literature and Political Science from Fordham University.