In this role they will contribute contemporary perspectives on art and education as they relate to ecological, political and cultural issues.
With the aim of fostering research-based projects in Latin America, LA ESCUELA___ announces Sara Garzón and Catarina Duncan as Guest Scholars for its 2022-II semester. In this role, guest scholars will provide a decentralized perspective on the pedagogical practices brought about by critics, artists, and cultural producers throughout the twentieth century in Latin America. This will add historical depth to learning spaces that have operated outside mainstream and customary artistic centers. Their contributions will focus on practices that bridge artistic, ecological, and political issues.
LA ESCUELA___ is a platform for radical learning in public spaces that feeds on the continuous rotation of collaborating artists, researchers, and educators to address the question of how a school can be conceived, shaped and activated through artistic practices and pedagogies. Online and on-site, each semester unfolds a formative and editorial program through Classrooms, Laboratories, lectures, and a website that hosts essays, interviews and other resources, all free of charge.
The guest scholars will bring their expertise and research areas into the editorial line of the platform. “In Latin America, alternative spaces like independent art schools and even artist’s ateliers have played an enormous role in establishing new frameworks for understanding the ethos of art and its education,” comments Sara Garzón, who specializes in contemporary Latin American art, Indigenous eco-criticism, decolonial theory, and temporality. For her part, current curator of Solar dos Abacaxis in Río de Janeiro, Catarina Duncan, proposes “expanding the perspectives on ecology, politics, spirituality, and food to different contexts to discuss the meaning of pedagogical practices in these cultures from a territorialized experience.”
The joint founders of LA ESCUELA___ are the artist, architect and educator Miguel
Braceli and the nonprofit Siemens Stiftung international foundation. It is based on Siemens Stiftung’s experiences with co-creation programs and artistic interventions across Latin America, and the artistic and educational works of Miguel Braceli in public spaces.