What is Notes from the New World?

Inspired by a quote from Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, “the impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

The obstacle becomes the way out — only when the obstacle is examined.

These essays are my attempts at naming the obstacle as I experience it, from my artistic practice as a photographer, archivist, writer, and community educator.

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Various musings on American life from artist Oriana Koren


Oriana Koren is an artist-researcher-speculatist working at the intersection of language and optical technologies. Oriana is a second generation book archivist, bookshop owner, and award winning photographer.