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Public Lecture: Memory and Place
WhenWednesday, Apr. 3, 2019, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Campus locationKane Hall (KNE)
Campus room130
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsUW Graduate School, Human Centered Design & Engineering, Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media, School of Art + Art History + Design,
College of Built Environments, Department of American Ethnic Studies

Greek philosopher Heraclitus said change is the only constant in life. However, what does it mean when the places we live and remember change? Are our history and memories still relevant? Artists Morehshin Allahyari, Trinh Mai, and Sara Zewde use different mediums to create visual works around these questions. Please join us for a panel discussion moderated by Priya Frank (Seattle Art Museum), as these three artists explore the connections between memory, place, and art.

About the Panelists

  • Morehshin Allahyari (b. 1985 in Tehran, Iran) is a media artist, activist, educator, and curator who uses computer modeling, 3D scanning and digital fabrication techniques to explore the intersection of art and activism. Inspired by concepts of collective archiving, memory, and cultural contradiction, Allahyari’s 3D printed sculptures and videos challenge social and gender norms. 
  • Trinh Mai is an interdisciplinary, California-based artist who received her BFA at San Jose State University and furthered her studies at UCLA. She exhibits nationally with works taking residency in public and private collections internationally. In addition to exhibiting her work with leading academic and arts institutions such as Stanford University, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and Naples Museum of Art, her passion for intermixing arts and collaboration has inspired her community involvement. She has served as Master Teaching Artist for the Bowers Museum, Course Developer for the Pacific Symphony, and Curator at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, and has also held residencies with Community Engagement in partnership with California State University Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center, during which she developed self-exploratory visual arts workshops for underrepresented communities in Orange County.
  • Sara Zewde is a founding principal of Studio Zewde, a design firm practicing at the intersection of landscape architecture, urbanism, and public art. The studio’s work is lauded for its cultural methods of site interpretation, its design process powered by narrative, and its dedication to the craft of construction. The studio is devoted to designing an enduring place where people belong. Sara holds a master’s of landscape architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a master’s of city planning from MIT, and a BA in sociology and statistics from Boston University.

About the Moderator
Priya Frank is the Associate Director for Community Programs at Seattle Art Museum where her focus is on partnerships, programming, and racial equity related initiatives. Previous work in advancement at the University of Washington and as art curator at LUCID Lounge have influenced her passion and heart for community building. Priya is vice-chair of the Seattle Arts Commission, a member of the National Arts Education Association’s Taskforce for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow’s class of 2015. She holds a B.A. in Communications and American Ethnic Studies from University of Washington Seattle and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from University of Washington Bothell.…
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