IBERO (Universidad Iberoamericana) Tijuana is hosting a symposium curated by Empathy & Risk, with the support of Sheffield Hallam University and the Global Challenge Research Fund and in partnership with LOOKING FORWARD and Pastor Projects.
Sessions will be held in Zoom with simultaneous translation Espanol/English: Register Here
THE OTHER Dialogues is curated by Empathy & Risk in the framework of this partnership, and is part of the Empathy & Risk Dialogues series, started in 2017 as a format of a multi-national conversation between policymakers, artists, and activists in order to create a comparative analysis of the factors and contradictory versions of ‘truth’ that lead progressively towards conflicts.
Drawing inspiration from the exhibition Dear Aliens, Galería de la Ciudad, ICBC Tecate, curated by Thomas Vann Altheimer (Pastor Projects), THE OTHER Dialogues will explore the limitation of international understanding that can be reinforced through distance.
Each artist/academic involved in the exhibition and in the Dialogues has developed hypotheses for the application of their own local experience, knowledge and mediated understanding to issues of common concern that are perceived to be of particular relevance to the Baja California region.
THE OTHER Dialogues: Nationalism
9th June 11am PST
This conversation brings contemporary visual art practices into the geopolitical framework that defines the dichotomic relations deeply ingrained in discourses of powers. In the past 18 months, the pandemic has revealed new narratives of local solidarity and international exclusion. Within a context of arguments of safety and responsibility co-existing with populist isolationism and self-interest, there is a compelling need to reflect on nationalism and its new and historic rationales.
Speakers: David Cotterrell, Olga Margarita Dávila, Norma Iglesias Prieto, Gro Sarauw
THE OTHER Dialogues: Distance
16th June 11am PST
The starting point for this session is the observation of how, during the pandemic, we have assisted an amplification of the concept of distance and proximity, making even more visible the tension at the edge of two economic zones. Migration, transmission, and translation are all experiences of mediations between contexts and identities that can trigger either resistance or understanding. How can we critically question our experience of the others’ contexts and establish informed methodologies of collaboration among diversity?
Speakers: Ingrid Hernández, Fiamma Montezemolo, Marlene Solis, Thomas Vann Altheimer
Both sessions are chaired by Carolina Lio
Other Dialogues : Nationalism Panellists:
- David Cotterrell – is an artist and academic based in London.
- Olga Margarita Dávila – is a public official in the Baja California Ministry of Culture.
- Norma Iglesias Prieto – professor-researcher at San Diego State University and El Colegio de la Frontera Norte.
- Gro Sarauw – is an artist and organiser currently based in Copenhagen.
- Moderated by Carolina Lio
Other Dialogues : Distance Panellists:
- Ingrid Hernández – director of 9-year-old arts center Relaciones Inesperadas
- Fiamma Montezemolo – an artist (MFA, San Francisco Art Institute) and a Cultural Anthropologist (Ph.D, University Orientale of Naples)
- Marlene Solis – a professor-researcher in the Department of Social Studies and coordinator of the Doctorate program in Cultural Studies at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana.
- Thomas Vann Altheimer – founder of the curatorial platform Pastor Projects, developing and presenting contemporary art projects in Mexico, United States and Europe. He currently lives and works in Tijuana, Mexico.
- Moderated by Carolina Lio
The Other Dialogues were supported by the Global Challenge Research Fund & Sheffield Hallam University, in partnership with Ibero University, Pastor Projects and Looking Forward.