BlackFlash Issue Launch: A Temporary Collectively-Held Space
Join Artist Carmen Papalia and Independent Curator Amanda Cachia to celebrate the launch of BlackFlash Issue 38.2, A Temporary Collectively-Held Space. Carmen Papalia and Amanda Cachia will explore themes in the editorial essay for the issue, of which Carmen is guest editor. This issue includes a thoughtful collection of writing and reflections by Aislinn Thomas, Vo Vo, Kay Slater, Vanessa Dion-Fletcher, Joselia Hughes, Lisa Prentice, Cecily Nicholson and Mercedes Eng, and mia susan amir and Delesslin George-Warren.
This event will be streamed online through the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s FaceBook, YouTube, and website, and will be presented with closed captioning and ASL interpretation.
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You can access the transcript for this discussion here.
Bios: Carmen Papalia: Born in 1981, Carmen Papalia is a social practice artist who lives and works as an uninvited guest on the unceded and occupied terratories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) people. He uses organizing strategies and improvisation to address his access to public space, the art institution, and visual culture. His work, which takes forms ranging from collaborative performance to public intervention, is an effort to unlearn visual primacy and resist support options that promote ableist concepts of normalcy. Papalia’s work has been featured at: The Solomon R. Guggenheim museum, New York; the Tate Liverpool, Liverpool; the Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana; the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff; and Gallery Gachet, Vancouver; among others.
Papalia has received the 2014 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary and the 2013 Wynn Newhouse Award. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and a Master of Fine Arts with a focus in Art & Social Practice from Portland State University.
Amanda Cachia: Amanda Cachia is an independent curator and critic from Sydney, Australia. She received her PhD in Art History, Theory & Criticism from the University of California San Diego in 2017. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art; curatorial studies and activism; exhibition design and access; decolonizing the museum; and the politics of embodied disability language in visual culture. She is currently working on two book projects: a monograph based on her dissertation entitled Disability, Art, Agency: Participation and the Revision of the Senses solicited by Duke University Press, and the edited volume Curating Access: Disability Art Activism and Creative Accommodation under contract with Routledge to be released in December 2022, that includes over 30 contributors from around the world. Cachia currently teaches art history, visual culture, and curatorial studies at Otis College of Art and Design, California Institute of the Arts, California State University Long Beach, and California State University San Marcos. She serves as caa.reviews Field Editor for West Coast Exhibitions (2020-2023).