Considering the impact location and environment have had on all of us this year, the 2022 Festival is themed “(Re)Making Space.” The three highlighted artists invite us to examine the delicate systems of coexistence and layered histories embedded in the grounds we all traverse, and how humans shape and are shaped by their environments. In live Zoom events on Wednesdays at 5:30pm EST, you and your students can join artists Sasha Wortzel (March 9), Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (March 16), and Shirin Neshat (March 23), SAAM curator Saisha Grayson, and colleagues from across the Smithsonian. Together, we’ll screen short video works and then discuss what we might learn through examining our relationships to and deeper understandings of chosen landscapes.
Festival participants will also get access to longer films by each artist-director when they register for the Zoom events on the Festival website. These links will be live through March 31 (Shirin Neshat’s work will be available through April 8, 2022). Recordings of the Zoom events, with artworks embedded, will also be available till April 8, after which archived versions with just the discussions will remain. These videos can be assigned as schedules allow, making them perfect material for flipped classrooms or extra credit. (I’m including more details on specific films below, all this is also on the website.)
We are excited about this next round of programming and hope you can join us!