During this conversation, The Helis Foundation Chief Curator Andrea Andersson, Chair of the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute Macarena Gómez-Barris, and experimental poet, playwright, and labor activist, Rodrigo Toscano come together to discuss Cecilia Vicuña’s About to Happen and the economic disparities and environmental crises of the 21st century.
ABOUT ANDREA ANDERSSON
Andrea Andersson is Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. She has toured exhibitions across North America to museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, The Power Plant Art Gallery (Toronto, ON), ICA Philadelphia, and Berkeley Museum, among others. Her scholarship traces the legacy of the interdisciplinary avant-garde in contemporary art practice; she has taught at NYU and Barnard College. Working together with Siglio Press, she inaugurated the only annual artist's book series by a contemporary American museum with the publication, Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptible. Her book, Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, an edited volume of collected essays on the subject of conceptual writing, is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press (Co-imprinted by MCA-Denver).
ABOUT MACARENA GÓMEZ-BARRIS
Macarena Gómez-Barris is Chair of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute. She is author of The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives, a book that focuses on five regions within South America and activist and artistic protest (Duke University Press, 2017). She is also author of Where Memory Dwells: Cultural and State Violence in Chile (UC Berkeley Press, 2009), the forthcoming The Rainbow Tide (UC Berkeley Press 2017).and co-editor of Towards a Sociology of a Trace (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). Her work on the intersections of art, politics, and protest has appeared in numerous journals and informs her teaching praxis. She is the Director of the new interdisciplinary Global South Center (GSC) at Pratt Institute that focuses on rethinking politics towards living, being, and making otherwise.
ABOUT RODRIGO TOSCANO
Rodrigo Toscano’s newest book of poetry, Explosion Rocks Springfield, is just out from Fence Books. His previous books include Deck of Deeds, Collapsible Poetics Theater (National Poetry Series selection), To Leveling Swerve, Platform, Partisans, and The Disparities. His poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Voices Without Borders, Diasporic Avant Gardes, Angels of the Americlypse, Imagined Theatres, In the Criminal’s Cabinet, Earth Bound, and Best American Poetry. Toscano has received a New York State Fellowship in Poetry. He works for the Labor Institute in conjunction with the United Steelworkers and the National Institute for Environmental Health Science. Toscano lives in New Orleans.