Curatorial Think Tank: Digital Collections

ICI Curatorial Hub
Closed-Door Event

Following ICI’s recent collaborations with Nitin Sawhney (Assistant Professor of Media Studies at The New School) and his curatorial project, Guatemala Después, ICI hosted a closed-door think tank to discuss online archives and digital collections. Sawhney screened his documentary, Zona Intervenida, at the ICI Curatorial Hub (October 2014) and also organized Contemporary Guatemalan Art at The New School (March 2015); both of which events correlate to his research interest in Guatemalan artists.

Guatemala Después is a curatorial research project developed between The New School and Ciudad de la Imaginación, a contemporary arts organization based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. From an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective, the project explores the ways in which political and social realities in contemporary Guatemala have affected its artistic and cultural production in the aftermath of the “inner armed conflict” (1970-1996).

Guatemala Después Digital Collection is an effort to document multiple aspects of the project, to preserve the exhibited artworks in the digital form, and to engage new audiences online. This think tank explored how to archive a particular moment in time, how to privilege the artist’s voice, and the possibilities and challenges of an online archive.

Participants included: Nitin Sawhney (Assistant Professor of Media Studies, The New School), María del Carmen Carrión (Director of Public Programs & Research, ICI), Alex Fialho (Programs Manager, Visual AIDS), Marlène Ramírez-Cancio (Associate Director, arts + media, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, NYU), Gabriela Rangel (Director, Visual Arts and Chief Curator, Americas Society), Nelesi Rodriguez (MA Candidate in Media Studies, The New School), and Stephanie Weissberg (Curatorial Assistant, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum).

July 6, 2016

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Nitin Sawhney

Nitin Sawhney, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the New School. His research, teaching and creative practice engages the critical role of technology, civic media, and artistic interventions in contested spaces. Nitin previously taught at the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) and conducted research at the MIT Media Lab. He examines social movements and crisis contexts, though forms of creative urban tactics, participatory research, performance and documentary film. He is the co-curator of the Guatemala Después exhibitions to be held in New York and Guatemala in 2015. He previously co-curated the participatory exhibition #SearchUnderOccupy at the New School to showcase creative responses to the Occupy Movement in New York City in 2012. Nitin is currently completing a documentary film, Zona Intervenida, focusing on genocide, memory and body through site-specific performance interventions and documentary film in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

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