OPEN LITERACY THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY HANDS ON WORKSHOP WITH DAFNI KALAFATI “THE ABC OF MY JUSTICE” |
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 6-7:30PM |AT SANTA FE ART INSTITUTE | FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Inspired by the theme of this year SFAI Art Residency of EQUAL JUSTICE, resident art therapist Dafni Kalafati, invites fellow residents, professionals and the public of Santa Fe on a creative afternoon of co-creation. Combining visual images created on site, with written and spoken word the group will be guided through the steps of making a communal spelling book called “THE ABC OF MY JUSTICE”.
Using instant photography and collage techniques the participants will process experiences, and engage in a dialogue with their community around the theme of Justice. What does Justice means to each one of us? How do we experience its lack on our everyday life? And what we could do to possibly inspire change in our immediate surroundings? At the end of the workshop participants will have completed the edition of “THE ABC OF MY JUSTICE” and will have gained valuable theoretical and practical knowledge on the discipline of L.T.P.
More about Literacy Through Photography:
Literacy Through Photography (LTP) is a teaching philosophy and methodology that encourages participants to explore their world as they photograph scenes from their own lives and to use their images as catalysts for verbal and written expression. Framed around universal themes such as self-portrait, community, family, and dreams, LTP provides participants and facilitators with the expressive and investigative tools of photography and writing for use in any context.
In connecting picture making with writing and critical thinking, LTP promotes an expansive use of photography across different curricula and disciplines, building on the information that students naturally possess. LTP also provides a valuable opportunity for people to bring their home and community lives into the classroom. Photographs can give facilitators a glimpse into participant’s lives and give them a way to understand each other’s diverse experiences.
A bit about the facilitator:
Dafni Kalafati is a visiting artist in Santa Fe Art Institute, under the Fulbright Art Residency Fellowship.
She is a documentary filmmaker and art therapist coming from Athens Greece. Dafni has dedicated the last ten years of her life designing and implementing workshops of participatory photography and documentary video with vulnerable youth groups all over the world. Her latest project is called ART EMERGENCY and it consists of a series of art therapy workshops targeting youth Syrian refugees, aiming at psychosocial support and immediate relief of their traumatic experiences as they enter Greece. Dafni is also a leading member of AMAKA non-profit in Greece, which specializes in catering programs of Art Therapy and promoting social change through the Arts. As an Equal Justice Resident at SFAI Dafni is at her first steps of putting together a participatory photography workshop with native American women living on the 19 pueblos of New Mexico and a documentary lab for marginalized youth groups of the town of Santa Fe. Her open workshop is a calling to the community, a way to open a dialogue, teach and learn through the use of Creative Arts, get inspired and exchange ideas.
For more information about Dafni’s work please visit:
Have a look at the last outcome of Art Emergency workshop, a participatory newspaper shot, written and edited by young refugees in Athens:
And to learn more about Art Emergency:
As seats are limited please RSVP on the facebook event page.
THE POTLUCK PROJECT | AN EXHIBIT BY ISABELLA POULOS, SFAI BENNINGTON COLLEGE INTERN
OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 5-7PM | EXHIBIT FEBRUARY 7—11 | AT SANTA FE ART INSTITUTE | FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
When we take apart the word “potluck” we are left with an idea, that whatever goes into a meal is determined by the people who contributed to it. The “luck” of the “pot” being influenced by the collective contributions of the group. “The Potluck Project” emerges from this idea of gaining an appreciation for a place by learning from the people who make up a local community. By providing a time and a place for people to share what they know, the luck of one’s local community pot can develop a rich depth of flavor.
“The Potluck Project” is a series of ideas and works that involve gaining insight and understanding of a place and time by reflecting and learning from the people who are there. At the core of this work is finding opportunities to re-imagine what local can mean, particularly by looking at the food that people eat, make, or have access to. By thinking of one place through what is already present, ideas of how communities can thrive in an increasingly shifting future can hopefully become more apparent.
In October of 2017, Isabella began collecting recipes and views on food from the greater Bennington community, the place where her college is located in Vermont. Each recipe was different, some more elaborate or deeply connected to family than others, but all information that was gathered from one place in one time. Through this passing on of knowledge and information, Isabella is looking to develop a greater sense of what it means to live in Bennington Vermont, and how food can contribute to a heightened sense of community. Throughout her Field Work Term at the Santa Fe Art Institute and into her final semester at Bennington College, Isabella will be creating a physical documentation of each recipe as well as ceramic pieces specific to each recipe that will be used at a final potluck dinner in May 2018.
Isabella Poulos is a senior at Bennington College, originally from Milwaukee, WI. As a child, she learned to knit, sew, dye, and felt, and has brought these practices into the work she makes. In the past she has worked at a weavery in New Zealand, and as a felting intern at Studio Claudy Jongstra in the Netherlands, each place helping her understand how places and people can come together through the process of making.
Isabella’s work focuses on how spaces can be created where people can learn from each other, and how food can be a means of connection and interaction in a community. She is interested in gaining knowledge about food traditions and techniques that are being lost, different ways of food preparation, and how sharing recipes and food can bring people together. In her final semester at Bennington College, Isabella is creating a cookbook of recipes collected from the Bennington community as a way to document and highlight the knowledge of the community itself.
To RSVP, visit the SFAI facebook event page.
THE WHITENESS HOUSE – TARRED AND FEATHERED | AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION, PEFORMANCES, AND DISCUSSION ABOUT “WHITENESS” | A NEW PROJECT BY ARTIST AND SFAI EQAUL JUSTICE RESIDENT JAY CRITCHLEY | SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 3-5PM.
SANTA FE ART INSTITUTE | FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The Whiteness House – Tarred and Feathered is a walk-in model of The White House, tarred and feathered. Tarring and feathering is a form of public humiliation and criticism used in feudal Europe and on the American frontier, mostly as a form of mob vengeance. According to Critchley, The White House takes on an ominous presence with a white President who has defined much of his Presidency based on color. Critchley asks “How is whiteness expressed through the White House following the tenure of America’s first black President? Who is getting tarred and feathered? The American people, the rightful owner’s of the White House, or the present tenant, the 45th President of the United States?” By asking these questions, creating an interactive sculptural metaphor, and initiating dialogue around the topic of “whiteness,” Critchley strives to cultivate transformation and redemption, and to heal the great divide growing among We the People.
Jay Critchley is a conceptual and multi-media artist and activist whose work has traversed the globe, showing across the US and in Argentina, Japan, England, Spain, France, Holland, Germany and Columbia. He founded the controversial patriotic Old Glory Condom Corporation, Miss Tampon Liberty and his backyard septic theater, Theater in the Ground. His movie, Toilet Treatments, won an HBO Award at Provincetown Film Festival in 2002, where he was featured in 2015 in conjunction with his survey show at the Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Jay Critchley, Incorporated. The show traveled to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He has taught at the Museum School at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and has had artist residencies at: Harvard University; AS220, RI; Harvestworks, NYC; Williams College, MA; Real Art Ways, Hartford; Milepost 5, Portland, OR; Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar, Andalucia, Spain; and CAMAC, Marnay-sur-Seine, France. Jay was honored in 2012 by the Massachusetts State Legislature as an artist and director of the Provincetown Community Compact, which has raised $4.5M for AIDS, women’s health and the community.
Day of The Dead is part of an indigenous ceremony that is thousands of years old. In some parts of mexico its a ceremony that takes place over the course of several days. The migration north to the united states of this ceremony was in large part, if not soley, due to a chicano artists activist community in the 60’s and 70’s wishing to reconnect with ancestral truths and ancestral memories. By the same token Hallow’s Eve a.k.a. Halloween at one point was part of an ancestral connection to the spirit doors that open and close in these sacred times. Day of the Dead is a memorial day, a somber day, a festive day, a day to shed tears, mourn, rejoice. Traditionally it is a day where we have a procession to the cemetery and decorate our ancestors graves. Because of migration for many of us that have migrated from all parts of the physical reality of going to the burial sites of our ancestors is not possible.This event is an invitation to participate in the sacred, through art creating small ancestral altars as community and as individuals that honor those that have passed. An opportunity to move away from the commercialization of the sacred both Halloween and Day of the Dead and back into honoring your ancestors in all directions.
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring pictures of family, loved ones, figures in your life that have our no longer with you because of death. Small offerings of their favorite if possible. We will have boxes and decorative papers to create small altars , but if you have certain art papers you want to offer or share or other materials you are welcome to bring but not necessary. If you all you have is you and your memories to bring, this is perfect also. We will refrain from social media, picture taking during certain portions of the night so as to really be present for our ancestors.
Thank you. We Look Forward to Seeing All of You. Israel and The Alas De Agua Collective.
VAGUE COMMUNICATION, NEW WORK BY ROBIN OSSENTJUK | RECEPTION NOVEMBER 3 | 5-7PM | SANTA FE ART INSTITUTE
Each work in Vague Communication is a direct result of a specific emotion. The making of these paintings is a translation of my emotion and their creation as a cathartic act. Every painting mixes abstract shapes with the most expressive parts of the human body. The composition of the recognizable human anatomy in an environment of abstract shapes creates a surreal realm of visual cues. The human aspect of each piece aims to create space for the viewer to identify themselves in the work and to translate the abstract imagery according to their own visual language. Although each painting correlates to a specific emotion of personal experience, the overall compositions are intentionally vague to prompt personal interpretation. As such, the work naturally exists differently in each viewer’s mind.
Robin Ossentjuk is an interdisciplinary artist based in Southern California. She received her BA in Art from Scripps College in 2017. Despite working in multiple media, much of Robin’s work follows a theme of using disembodied anatomy and abstract forms in an exploration of art as therapy. She has shown work in several group exhibitions organized by groups such as The Balcony, Scripps Student Art Collective, and the 5C Mental Health Alliance. Most recently, her work was shown in the group exhibition Forming the Immaterial at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery in Claremont, California, April 2017. She was also awarded the Lucia Suffel Craft Award in the Spring of 2017, given annually to an outstanding student in the field of art. Vague Communication is her first solo exhibition at the Santa Fe Art Institute.
Santa Fe Art Institute is proud to present La Pocha Nostra as our first Equal Justice Residents! Join La Pocha for a 5 Day Performance Art Workshop hosted at SFAI from August 27-31, and for a Jam Session Open to the Public at SFAI on August 31 from 7-9PM.
JAM SESSION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | AUGUST 31 7-9PM | SANTA FE ART INSTITUTE | FREE ADMISSION RSVP REQUIRED
Join us for a free “Open Pedagogical Session” featuring artists from a five-day intensive workshop lead by Guillermo Gomez-Peña and members of the legendary troupe La Pocha Nostra (Balitronica Gomez and Saul Garcia-Lopez). This open session will have a focus on the human body as a site for creation, reinvention, memory and activism. This final event will involve experimental performance artists, actors, dancers, theorists, activists and students.
THE GILA COLLECTIVE WATER RIGHTS RESIDENCY PREVIEW EXHIBIT | FRIDAY AUGUST 11, 6-8PM | AT SANTA FE ART INSTITUTE
The Gila Collective’s work explores New Mexico’s wild Gila River through an immersive multi-sensory environment, addressing its history and personification, and as an expression of memory. LEARN MORE HERE.