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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Jay Kirk is a writer and a 2005 Pew Fellow.

The Philadelphia Folklore Project developed a strategic plan for 2012–16 that mapped out a path for leadership transition and developed new programming models for the future.

A number of Center-funded projects are New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer fall arts picks.

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.

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Frito Bastien is a visual artist and a 2000 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.

Exhibitions funded by the Center, as well as Pew Fellow Ryan Trecartin’s 55th Venice Biennale installation, made several top 10 lists in Artforum’s Best of 2013 December issue.

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This interactive, site-specific program invited audiences to explore a Northeast Philadelphia recycling facility from the artist’s perspective, with a series of films, performances, and discussions focused on increasing public awareness of the waste stream and the role of art in shaping social and environmental consciousness.

Curatorial planning informed a series of exhibitions presented during the 2010 National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts Conference.

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For decades this suburban university gallery has presented exhibitions of a quality and field-wide significance well beyond what one might expect, given its size and location.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Justina Barrett is the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Site Manager for its History Houses, and Museum Educator for American Art.

Ain Gordon presents recordings from the Historical Society’s Fryer collection and discusses his upcoming play.

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Scribe Video Center is currently producing an oral history media project that explores the rich and diverse history of Muslim communities in the region.