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Brewing Memories: an archive to come

Brewing Memories: an archive to come

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Brewing Memories: an archive to come

Archives in Common: a conversation with Ángeles Donoso Macaya and Carolina Saavedra

In this dialogue, Ángeles Donoso Macaya (Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY) and Carolina Saavedra (La Morada Restaurant) discuss Archives in Common (AiC), a public humanities project that took shape in 2020, when the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic was ravaging the South Bronx. Catalyzed by the generative collaboration between Macaya and Saavedra, AiC offers radically different ways of understanding the community memory archive rooted in time and place. Rather than producing a fixed repository of artifacts, AiC is an ever-changing web of urgent enactments encompassing the documentation and dissemination of mutual aid initiatives in the Bronx; the facilitation of workshops at Bronx community gardens centering medicinal herbs; and a community cookbook that focuses on Indigenous foodways and Mixteco traditional recipes

About the Authors

CAROLINA SAAVEDRA is an educator at Stone Barns Center, garden steward of Bruckner Mott Haven Community Garden, and sous chef at La Morada, a restaurant and activist center founded by her family in the South Bronx. Carolina’s work is nourished by ancestral knowledge, traditions and practices derived from her indigenous Mixtec town in San Miguel Ahuehuetitlán, Oaxaca, Mexico. Carolina graduated with honors from the International Culinary Center (ICC). Additionally, she has represented the U.S. at multiple gastronomy events in Mexico, and has taught at leading food and cultural institutions including NYBG, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art and is one of TimeOut 2021 NYC women of the year awardee.

ÁNGELES DONOSO MACAYA is an immigrant educator, researcher, and activist from Santiago, Chile, based in New York City. She teaches in the Modern Languages Department at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY and also in the Ph.D. Program in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures at The CUNY Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research centers on Latin American photography theory and history, counter-archival production, human rights activism, documentary film, feminisms in the Southern Cone, and public humanities scholarship. She is the author of the award-winning book The Insubordination of Photography: Documentary Practices under Chile’s Dictatorship (2020), published in Chile as La insubordinación de la fotografía (2021). Ángeles is also a member of the activist research collective colectiva somoslacélula.


stapled booklet: 28 pages, 6 x 9 inches
poster: 18 x 24 inches
Published in 2023

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