Where We Belong: Artists in the Archive Symposium

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Chiraag Bhakta’s Pardon My Hindi. Photo by Timothy Palmer.

In conjunction with its discovery process Where We Belong: Artists in the Archive, the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) will hold a symposium in which artists, activists, academics, and archivists will explore the challenges and opportunities of preserving the histories of marginalized communities in America. During the event, the five artist collaborators for the project—composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, designer Chiraag Bhakta, dance artist Joti Singh, visual artist Chitra Ganesh, and musician Zain Alam—will premiere new works-in-progress informed by their investigations into the SAADA archives.

Where We Belong invites a multidisciplinary cohort of artists to explore how SAADA’s archival materials can inform new works that grapple with questions of identity and belonging and effectively counteract misrepresentations of immigrant and minority communities. The project’s findings will lay the foundation for SAADA’s future community engagement initiatives, such as the possible development of a digital artist-in-residence program.


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Collaborators & Colleagues

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko is the President and CEO of the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine, which presents the history and cultures of the Wabanaki people. She served as a panelist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation in 2015.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Violinist Jennifer Koh has performed worldwide with leading orchestras and conductors, and she is on the faculty at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Collaborators & Colleagues

In 2010, Laura Hoptman rejoined the curatorial staff at the Museum of Modern Art as curator of the department of painting and sculpture.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Donna Graves is a historian and cultural planner with over 20 years experience developing public history projects that document and interpret unrecognized histories.

Grants & Grantees

Temple Contemporary commissioned 2006 Pew Fellow and MacArthur Fellow Pepón Osorio to create a new installation that responds to recent closings of Philadelphia public schools.

An “action-research report” charting Cohabitation Strategies’ process, key findings, and more for the future of the Mural Arts Program’s community-based programs is now available.

“Curators were people who I thought had a secondary role in the art ecosystem; it took me a while to see how that adjacency and remove could be liberating, and to learn the real pleasures of thinking with and through others.”

Grants & Grantees

Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptation of the ancient Greek tragedy by Aeschylus included original music by sound designer Daniel Kluger.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Aviva Kapust is the executive director of the Village of Arts and Humanities (the Village), a multifaceted organization dedicated to community revitalization through the arts.

Grants & Grantees

Judith E. Stein is a writer, curator, and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

The Barnes Foundation will host two educational classes on the history of performance art and urban exploration.