Mixed Media Santa Fe Art Institute’s short talks
Two minutes and 20 seconds is not a lot of time for a presentation, especially if you have a lot to say. But that’s all the time participants get at Immigration/Emigration SFAI 140, Santa Fe Art Institute’s latest round of inspired short talks. What separates the event from past SFAI 140s is the theme, which reflects the institute’s ongoing exploration of immigration and emigration.
SFAI 140 is modeled on the PechaKucha presentation style, developed in Japan, where presenters show 20 slides for 20 seconds each in a lightning-fast series of talks. The event celebrates work done at the institute, including projects by artists from SFAI’s Immigration/Emigration Residency. More than 50 residents, including Nigerian artist Olaniyi R. Akindiya, Alaskan photographer and mixed-media artist Michael Conti, and Estonian writer Dasha Filippova, have taken part in the program since it began in September 2015.
Resident and community-based projects explore reasons for immigration and emigration, the immigrant experience, and social and political issues involving immigration in the United States. Participants present creative alternative responses to these issues at the community level.
SFAI 140 takes place at the institute (1600 St. Michael’s Drive, at Santa Fe University of Art and Design) at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 22, and features short talks by Iranian-born installation artist Tannaz Farsi, local artist and SFAI resident Daisy Quezada Ureña, artist and community activist Guillermina Juárez, and others. The event also includes interactive installations by local artists, activists, and designers; international food trucks; and entertainment. For more information, call SFAI at 505-424-5050. — Michael Abatemarco
Fatima van Hattum and Heidi McKinnon (top) give talks at past SFAI 140 events; images courtesy SFAI