A Blade of Grass and the Moore College of Art and Design present a conversation between Grupo de Arte Callejero, an artist-activist group based in Buenos Aires and Solana Chehtman, an Argentinian-born, New York based cultural producer, arts administrator, and philanthropy officer with experience in both in her country of origin, Argentina, and internationally. The conversation will focus on the 23 year long practice of Grupo de Arte Callejero, and making art in the context of Argentine social movements.
This edition of Conversations@Moore takes place in conjunction with the release of A Blade of Grass Magazine Issue 5, available for download here.
Issue 5: Confronting Enemies features an excerpt from the book Grupo de Arte Callejero: Thoughts, Practices, and Actions (Common Notions, October 2019), which was first published in Spanish in 2009 and is reprinted here with permission. This version was translated by Mareada Rosa Translation Collective. The book tells the profound story of social militancy and art in Argentina over the last two decades and propels it forward. For Grupo de Arte Callejero [Group of Street Artists], militancy and art blur together in the anonymous, collective, everyday spaces and rhythms of life. Thought, Practices, and Actions offers an indispensable reflection on what was done and what remains to be done in the social fields of art and revolution.
Grupo de Arte Callejero is a Buenos Aires–based collective founded in 1997 that continues to work with human rights organizations, labor unions, nonpartisan political groups and research groups. From the beginning, their work has searched for a space for visual communication that escapes the traditional circuit of exhibition and exploitation, taking the appropriation of public spaces as its central axis of production. Many of their projects have emerged as collective constructions with political movements, groups and individuals, creating a unique dynamic of production that is in permanent transformation due to this constant exchange and putting into political practice.
Solana Chehtman is a Latinx cultural producer and artistic programmer currently serving as Director of Civic Programs at The Shed. In this role, Chehtman curates and produces artist-nurturing programs, creative interventions and multidisciplinary dialogues, aiming at creating deeper meaning, strong sustainable relationships and, ultimately, advancing a more just and equitable society. Prior to joining The Shed, Chehtman was the Vice President of Public Engagement at the High Line. Other organizations she has collaborated with are Creative Time, New Museum’s Ideas City, Queens Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Tribeca Film Institute and Fundacion Proa in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Chehtman is an adjunct professor at the Arts Administration Masters in Baruch College, City University of New York.
A Blade of Grass is a national arts non-profit established in 2011 that nurtures socially engaged art through direct financial support to artists, advocating for artists working in the field, and creating digital and print media, documentary films, public programs, and research. For more information, please visit www.abladeofgrass.org.
This free and virtual event is part of Moore College of Art & Design’s ongoing Conversations@Moore public program series, organized by the Graduate Studies programs in Socially Engaged Art. For more information, click here.