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Friday, October 23 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Session 8: Quilting Reparation / Public Art and Post-Pandemic Place / On Specters of Home: Colonialism, Exile and Haunting in Israel-Palestine

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“Quilting Reparation” (Thompson, Pearsall) focuses on blankets and quilts as collaborators and coproducers in the resistance to ongoing extractivism, the construction of pipelines, and the work to memorialize and commemorate sites of cultural and personal trauma. It features the visual art of contemporary Lakota artists who contributed a quilt and quilt pieces to Takuwe, an ongoing exhibition by Craig Howe (Oglala Sioux Tribe) about the 1890 massacre of 300 Lakotas at Wounded Knee. Their work shows how quilts and blankets become agitators for land reparation, carriers of memory, and monumental collaborators.

Public Art and Post-Pandemic Place (Tarantino) explores how research universities can support community-engaged projects that dialogue with the emerging "new normal" of how civic space is negotiated, described, used, and shared. Projects emerging from member institutions, including Penn State University and Ohio State University, will be presented and discussed. Highlighted projects will explore how research universities can invest in projects that strengthen social fabric and connection to place; support immigrant and refugee communities; and rethink issues of accessibility. Particular emphasis will be placed on how the current global health crisis has illuminated a need for projects that explore access to shared space and how public art can address create a platform for diverse, equity, and inclusion.

On Specters of Home (Avnisan) - Who should be held accountable for the dark legacies of colonialism? And whose responsibility is it to work towards undoing colonialism’s persistent forms of violence today? On Specters of Home is a hybrid lyric essay / multimedia artist’s talk that meditates on these complex questions by exploring how new media technologies including 3d scanning, augmented reality and virtual reality can be used as tools for artistic research through which to better understand histories of settler-colonialism, dispossession and exile in Israel-Palestine.


KT Thompson

KT Thompson holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California Davis and currently teaches nonfiction writing and critical theory at Northern Arizona University. KT is the author of Blanket (Bloomsbury, 2018), Contingent Relations, Unsettled Futures (Duke UP, under contract... Read More →
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Ann Tarantino

Associate Teaching Professor of Art, The Pennsylvania State University
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Lindsey Landfried

Curator and Senior Gallery Manager, Penn State University
Landfried’s curatorial work focuses on supporting first institutional projects for early career artists and advancing the arts in rural Pennsylvania through presenting established artists of national and international recognition. Co-PI of the Penn State Strategic Seed Grant... Read More →

Abraham Avnisan

Abraham Avnisan is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is situated at the intersection of image, text and code. Using a host of emerging media technologies including 3D scanning, augmented reality and virtual reality, he creates applications for mobile devices, interactive installations... Read More →

Friday October 23, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT