Subverting Technologies of Repression

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Conversation with Emmanuel Ortega and Adela Goldbard

Date: Friday, October 18
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Gallery 400 Lecture Room

Subverting Technologies of Repression is a conversation between Emmanuel Ortega and Adela Goldbard, sharing research on topics of Mexican resistances against historical repression. Ortega and Goldbard will give individual presentations on their research followed by a collaborative discussion. Ortega will speak on the topic of Franciscan missions in Mexico and the consequential native resistance. Goldbard will share on Franciscan conversion theatre that the exhibition The Last Judgment takes inspiration from, and transforms it to a generative act of resistance and remembering.

Adela Goldbard is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who believes in the potential of art to generate critical thinking and social transformation. Her work questions the politics of memory by suspecting power relations and social constructs behind official history, archeological preservation, patriotism, state-sanctioned celebrations, and mass media. She is especially interested in how destruction can become a ritual, a statement, a metaphor, a way of remembering and a form of disobedience. Goldbard holds an MFA as a Full Merit Fellow in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Language and Literature from the National University of Mexico. She was granted the prestigious Joyce Award in 2019 and is the 2017 SAIC Awardee of the Edes Foundation Prize. From 2015 to 2018 she was a member of the National System of Artistic Creators of Mexico. Her work has been exhibited in Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Philippines, Russia, Argentina, Canada, US and widely in Mexico. Goldbard is Assistant Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Originally from Mexico City, she lives and works in the United States and Mexico.

Emmanuel Ortega (PhD, Art History, University of New Mexico) is a curator, podcaster and a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ortega has lectured nationally and internationally on the topics of images of autos-de-fe, nineteenth-century Mexican landscape painting, and visual representations of the New Mexico Pueblo peoples in Novohispanic Franciscans martyr portraits. In 2015, Ortega partnered with the Museo de Arte Religioso Ex-Convento de Santa Mónica in Puebla México to curate two art exhibitions based on recently restored paintings from their collection, one of which is now part of their permanent galleries. He is a recurrent lecturer for Arquetopia Foundation for Development, the largest artist residency in México. An essay titled “Spanish Colonial Art History and the Work of Empire," was published by the Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture Journal, University of California Press in the summer of 2019.

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Subvirtiendo tecnologías de represión es una conversación entre Emmanuel Ortega y Adela Goldbard, compartiendo investigaciones sobre temas de resistencias mexicanas contra la represión histórica. Ortega y Goldbard harán presentaciones individuales sobre sus investigaciones, seguidos por un diálogo colaborativo. Ortega hablará sobre misiones franciscanos en México y la consiguiente resistencia nativa. Goldbard presentará sobre el teatro franciscano de conversión que inspiró la exposición El juicio final, y que la exposición transforma en un acto generativo de resistencia y memoria.

Adela Goldbard es una artista interdisciplinaria y educadora que cree en el potencial del arte de generar el pensamiento crítico y la transformación social. Sus obras cuestionan la política de la memoria por sospechar relaciones del poder y constructos sociales detrás de la historia oficial, la preservación arqueológica, el patriotismo, las celebraciones estatales, y los medios de comunicación masiva. Está especialmente interesada en cómo la destrucción puede convertirse en una ritual, una declaración, una metáfora, una manera de recordar, y una forma de desobediencia. Goldbard recibió una MFA en Escultura como Full Merit Fellow de la School of the Art Institute of Chicago y una Licenciatura en Lengua y Literaturas Hispánicas de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Fue galardonado con la prestigiosa Joyce Award en 2019 y es la recipiente SAIC del Edes Foundation Prize de 2017. De 2015 a 2018 fue miembro del Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte. Sus obras han sido exhibidos en Alemania, Holanda, Bélgica, Francia, Italia, Austria, Hungría, España, las Filipinas, Rusia, la Argentina, Canadá, los EEUU, y extensamente en México. Goldbard es Assistant Professor en la Rhode Island School of Design. Originalmente de la Ciudad de México, vive y trabaja en los Estados Unidos y México.

Emmanuel Ortega (PhD, Historia del Arte, University of New Mexico) es un curador, podcaster, y Visiting Professor en la University of Illinois at Chicago. Ortega ha dado conferencias nacionalmente e internacionalmente sobre imágenes de autos-de-fe, la pintura paisajista mexicana del siglo XIX, y representaciones visuales de los Pueblo de Nuevo México en retratos novohispánicos franciscanos de mártires. En 2015, Ortega se asoció con el Museo de Arte Religioso Ex-Convento de Santa Mónica en Puebla, México, para curar dos exposiciones de arte basadas en pinturas recién restauradas de su colección, uno de las cuales está incluida ahora en sus galerías permanentes. Es conferencista recurrente para la Arquetopia Foundation for Development, la residencia artística más grande de México. Un ensayo titulado, “Spanish Colonial Art History and the Work of Empire,” fue publicado por la Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture Journal, University of California Press, en el verano de 2019.

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Accessibility

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