Mixed Me­dia Santa Fe Art In­sti­tute’s short talks

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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

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