past programs

Hope and Care as Discipline
GLAMFA, California State University Long Beach
Organized by Ana Baginski, Silvi Naçi and Gosia Wojas
Collective reading of excerpts from The Care Manifesto book published by The Care Collective (2020), as well as political texts from an array of authors such as, W.E.B. Du Bois, The Black Panther, Combahee River Collective, Angela Davis, Leanna Betasamosake Simpson, Johanna Hedva, and more.

Online sessions

Hope as Discipline
UCLA New Wight Biennial, October 11th and 25th, 2020
Organized by Ana Baginski, Silvi Naçi and Gosia Wojas
A conversation aimed to practice "hope as discipline"*. Collective reading and and writing of living document to reflect the conditions of our realities as well as sought imaginaries.Google doc as the manifesto: a proclamation of thoughts, beliefs and doubts that equally manifest the urgency for hope and aspirations of our communities. This iteration of the document will be published by the UCLA 2020 New Wight Biennial as part of the biennial catalog.

*"hope as discipline" is a phrase famously said by a restorative justice activist, Mariame Kabe.

Online sessions

Taking Space/Making Space

UCI, University and State, December 2019
Organized by Ana Baginski, and Gosia Wojas
Taking Space/Making Space: How Art Can Serve Community in the Borderlands

Part of a 2012/2020 Speaker Series organized by University & State, a Humanities Commons Research Group

Friday, December 6th, 2019

Workshop on Community Building and Organizing withClaudia Perez of Resilience OC
UCI Cross Cultural Center, Dr. White Room

Presentations and discussion
Humanities Gateway 1341
Amy Sanchez Arteaga and Misael Diaz of Cog•nate Collective, Sarah Williams and Nicole Kelly (NK) co-founder and Programming Director of Women's Center of Creative Work
Moderated by artist Farrah Karapetian

Speaker Series Description:

We would like to think about how locally-oriented and site-specific work can challenge or evade the kinds of representation offered by traditional and State institutions, which come with particular expectations and demands. For example, when grant funding brings with it expectations of what diversity, advancement for women, or national identity might mean, is it possible to strategically use those resources while resisting their conceptual frames? Maintaining autonomous spaces for cultural production has become more difficult in urban spaces in recent years. In Tijuana and Juárez this might have to do with militarization, migration, drug-related violence, and the kind of cleansing and gentrification again for tourists that is still going on now. Maintaining autonomous spaces in cities like Los Angeles and El Paso is also difficult, due to the pressures of gentrification, urban expansion, institutional power, and the requirements that must be met for organizational legibility and sources of funding. It is both possible and necessary to think about the line between community and artistic work in this context. This series will also offer reflections on the specificity of negotiating the line between the State and the University in Latin American contexts.

Organized by Ana Baginski, UCI Comparative Literature, University & State and Gosia Wojas, UCI Art, The Absent Museum

ProjectQ, Madin Lopez
Organized by Gosia Wojas
The Absent Museum is initiating a discussion around the changing notion of philanthropy in our contemporary culture. The traditional model of monetary donations can seem to operate as non-inclusive and out of reach. What are the possibilities beyond this model? The first series of events in the Absent Museum program will focus on this question and will introduce people and organizations that speak to the idea of grassroots philanthropy - is this approach more caring, more beneficial and open as a model for our work with communities today. How can art engage with communities through social practice? How do we define what social practice is today and how can it truly benefit our communities?

Madin Lopez, founder of ProjectQ  - "using hair as a form of social justice". Madin Lopez will start the series with their presentation titled, "Making An Activist, at the Intersection of Homophobia and Misogynoir".

April 16th, 2019, 5-7pm

California Institute of the Arts, at The Bijou Auditorium, 24700 McBean Pkwy. Valencia, CA 91355

California Institure of the Arts.

Images by Kail Hocker. Courtesy of California Institute of the Arts. Poster design by Noah Chang.