Book launch of Clonal Hum by Omar Berrada
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Clonal Hum by Omar Berrada
Book Launch and Reading

Featuring Omar Berrada, Christian Campbell, Saretta Morgan, and Cecilia Vicuña

Tuesday, April 27th, 5pm EST


On the occasion of the exhibition M. Obultra 3 by Matthew Schrader, White Columns is pleased to present the book launch of Clonal Hum by Omar Berrada.

For this reading Omar Berrada will be joined by fellow poets Christian Campbell, Saretta Morgan, and Cecilia Vicuña.


Omar Berrada is a writer, curator, and the director of Dar al-Ma’mûn, a library and artists residency in Marrakech. Currently living in New York, he teaches at Cooper Union, where he co-organizes the IDS Lecture Series.


Christian Campbell is a Trinidadian Bahamian poet, essayist and scholar, and the author of the acclaimed poetry collection Running the Dusk. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Saretta Morgan is the author of chapbooks Feeling Upon Arrival (2018) and room for a counter interior (2017). She lives between Phoenix and Mohave Valley, AZ.


Artist-poet Cecilia Vicuña created the concept of Precarious Art in Chile in 1966, an early response to the ecological crisis. Her improvisatory performances emphasize indigenous cultural memory and the collective nature of action to bring forth justice, balance and world transformation. Vicuña is the author of 27 books. (Image credit: Daniela Aravena)

About M. Obultra 3:

M. Obultra 3 is a portfolio of recent work by Matthew Schrader accompanied by the chapbook Clonal Hum by Omar Berrada, curated and published by Aaron Gemmill in a signed and numbered edition of 100 + 3AP.

M. Obultra 3 includes 2 objects based on standard English units of measure, and 7 photographs of ailanthus altissima, commonly known as the Tree of Heaven. Imported as a decorative plant, it is now considered an invasive species. Schrader’s work is a synthesis of dual meanings of naturalization: how displaced species proliferate in new environments; and the technical and ideological process of rendering social structures invisible. Clonal Hum is a poem sequence written in conversation with the portfolio.

Editions of M. Obultra 3 and copies of Clonal Hum are available for purchase at the gallery, and online here:

Images and information about the exhibition here:

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