Memory and Social Activism Through the Arts



Victoria Daona, PhD
Victoria holds a degree in literature from the National University of Tucumán and a master’s degree in social sciences from the National University of General Sarmiento (UNGS) and the Institute for Economic and Social Development (IDES). She holds a PhD candidate in social sciences from UNGS/IDES. Since 2008, she has integrated research projects on the memories of repression in the Southern Cone, its representations, poetics, and imagery. She is a member of the project Poetics of Memory in Argentina and Uruguay, the Grupo Interdisciplinario de Investigadores en Formación del IDES, and the editorial committee of the academic journal Prácticas de Oficio: Investigación y Reflexión en Ciencias Sociales. She has published articles in national and international journals about state terrorism of the 1970s. Her research focuses on the links between literature and dictatorships in the Southern Cone, with attention to contemporary novels in Argentina.

Ludmila Da Silva Catela, PhD
Ludmila holds a PhD in cultural anthropology and a magister in sociology from the Universidad Federal de Río de Janeiro. She is a lecturer and researcher at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba and author of the book No habrá flores en la tumba del pasadoLa experiencia de reconstrucción del mundo de familiares de desaparecidos. She co-edited Los archivos de la represión: Documentos, memoria y verdad and Fotografía, memoria e identidad. She has published numerous articles regarding violence and memory. Between 2006 and 2015 she was director of the Archivo Provincial de la Memoria Córdoba. Currently, she is an independent director with the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) and a lecturer at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba and Universidad Nacional de La Plata.

Elizabeth Jelin, PhD
Elizabeth is an Argentine sociologist well known for her work in human rights, the memory of political repression, citizenship, social movements, gender, and the family. She obtained a PhD in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her books include Los trabajos de la memoria (a new edition was published in English in 2012 as State Repressions and the Labors of Memory), Fotografía e identidad, and Women and Social Change in Latin America. She has been a member of international academic boards including the Social Science Research Council, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, the Institute of Labor Studies at the ILO, and the ISA. She is a member of the academic board of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, a senior researcher at CONICET and professor in the doctoral program in the social sciences at Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento – IDES. In 2013, she was awarded the highest prize for science in Argentina, the Bernardo Houssay National Prize for a Research Career in the Social Sciences.

Sebastián Russo, PhD candidate
Sebastián holds a degree in sociology and is a PhD candidate at Universidad de Buenos Aires. He is a lecturer in art sociology and anthropology and in visual sociology, both at UBA and as visiting professor at Universidad Autónoma de Oaxaca in Mexico. He has published books on image, memory, and cinema including: Coutinho: Cine de conversación y antropología salvajeJorge Sanjines y el grupo Ukamau, Santiago Alvarez: Reflexiones, testimonios, relámpagos en un instante de peligro, and Las luciérnagas y la nocheReflexiones en torno a Pier Paolo Pasolini. He is also the author of Interior, a brief novel published by Milena Caserola. A member of the academic board of the Argentine Association of Cinema Studies, he writes for and is an editorial board member of the cultural journals Tierra en TranceEn ciernes Epistolarias, and Carapachay.

Pablo Vitale, PhD candidate
Pablo has a degree in political science from Universidad de Buenos Aires, where he also is a lecturer and a PhD candidate in social sciences. His research interests focus on public policies and local organizations in disinvested neighborhoods, or villas. He is a member of the urban studies area of the Gino Germani Research Institute and carries out projects that link habitats with photography. Since 1999, he has coordinated informal education workshops on photography and cartography for youth in Villa 31 in Buenos Aires and other disadvantaged areas of the city. He is also photographer and member of the Photographic Studies Area at from Universidad de Buenos Aires. His work has been shown in individual and collective exhibitions.

Manuel Fernández, Photographer
Manuel is an Argentine artist and photographer. He has participated in workshops and seminars with Gabriel Valansi, Juan Travnik, Eduardo Gil, Rosana Schoijett, Fabiana Barreda, and Diana Aisenberg. He was selected for the 2017 edition of the ABC scholarship. He has exhibited in collective and individual exhibitions, including: “Pasado mañana” (Casa Florida Gallery, 2013), “Estructuras” (MARQ, 2013), “The Wrong – Digital Art Biennial” (Espacio Plá, 2015), and “Ya casi es mañana” (Quimera, 2016 / Museo Palacio Dionisi, 2017). He was selected for the first edition of the residence “Nido Errante” (2014). He received distinctions in the contests of the Fundación Klemm, Arte x Arte, Banco Nación, Expotrastiendas, Metrovias, and Fundación Lebensohn, and in 2014 he received first place in the National Photography Prize.

Estrella Herrera, Photographer
Estrella holds a degree in arts from Universidad de Buenos Aires and studied photography and arts with a scholarship at the Universidad Federal de Minas Gerais-Brazil. As a photographer, she works for different media from Argentina and abroad. She is a founding member of the department of Optical Games at Centro Cultural Kirchner, dedicated to techniques and devices related to the origins of photography and the moving image. She is an independent lecturer in different schools and institutes. In 2016 she won the Verzasca Foto Award.

Romina Resuche, Art Journalist
Living between city and nature, Romina Resuche is trained in journalism and audiovisual production. She tackles the curatorial field from and with photography, develops site-specific exhibition projects, articulates from relational aesthetics and postproduction, and investigates the uses of the archive in contemporary art. Romina organizes and coordinates meetings, group and individual workshops, and collaborates advising projects with organizations, institutions and artists, mainly from South America. Since 2013, some of her interviews and texts about photography can be read in The Radar, from the Argentine newspaper Página 12. She wrote for the magazines Hecho en Buenos Aires and Information Technology, among other graphic medias, and also worked as a producer of editorial photography; producer and audiovisual scriptwriter; cultural manager; encyclopedic researcher; and travel chronicler. She collaborated with the galleries Meridión AC and Pétalos Gloster, and was the local producer of the anthropological project The Goldminer Project, by the artist Sarah Trigg, among dozens of other professional and personal accomplishments. Since 2017, Romina has collaborated with the SIT Study Abroad program Argentina: Memory and Social Activism Through the Arts supervising students through the Self-Guided language course on writing related to the arts.