Collaborative Archives: Connective Histories | Fall 2015

September 8 - 18, 2015

Collaborative Archives


Featured artists: Silvina Der-Meguerditchian, Paz Errázuriz, Simone Leigh, Susan Meiselas, Lorie Novak, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Aylin Tekiner, the Truth Memory Justice Center, Istanbul.


A group exhibit of women artists, local and global, who mobilize the memories of political violence, to imagine more open and progressive futures. 


Confronting legacies of political violence in their own communities and in the lives of others, the transnational group of artists in this exhibit beared witness to the power of art to combat injustice and forgetting. They mobilized intimate archives to reveal individual and collective acts of resistance and survival and thus their work enables us to imagine more open and progressive futures.


The Collaborative Archives exhibition built on a multi-year collaboration of Women Mobilizing Memory, a transnational group of artists, scholars and activists from the U.S., Chile and Turkey who study the politics of memory from the unique perspective of gender and social difference. It asks what strategies of memorialization and re-imagining are most effective in calling attention to past and present wrongs and in creating possibilities of redress.


The exhibition also featured a video of testimonies gathered by the Truth Memory Justice Center in Istanbul, among others. As part of the exhibition, the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics at NYU, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor, will display a collection of commemorative posters “Forty Years of Struggle and Resistance,” sponsored by the Santiago, Chile former torture center Londres 38 and the Instantaneous Silkscreen Collective.


In September, 2015, the curators of Collaborative Archives: Connective Histories in conjunction with the Curatorial Lab of the New York-based non-profit arts organization No Longer Empty organized a critical conversation about models of art activist production and initiatives.


The exhibit was held in the context of a week-long workshop sponsored by Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Social Difference and its Women Creating Change initiative. On September 10, 2015, 9:30-6, the public was invited to a one-day conference on Women Mobilizing Memory: Collaboration and Co-Resistance at which the work in the exhibit was analyzed along with other feminist approaches to memorialization, solidarity and resistance.




Columbia Center for the Study of Social Difference, University Seminars, School of the Arts, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia Global Centers, Oral History Research Office, Heymann Center for the Humanities, Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies, Armenian Center; Institute for the Study of Human Rights; Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, NYU; Barnard Center for Research on Women, New York State Council for the Humanities and Sabancı University.


Columbia Center for the Study of Social Difference and Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, NYU


Columbia Center for Social Injustice


Hemispheric Institute

Event Time & Date

Date: Past Event
Location: LeRoy Neiman Gallery
310 Dodge Hall
2960 Broadway
New York, NY