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CAMBRE, Carolina


Born in Cordoba, Argentina, Carolina is an artist/writer/educator at Concordia University, Montreal in Quebec, Canada. Her award-winning thesis, now a book, The Semiotics of Che Guevara: Affective gateways (2015), present a series of encounters with the photograph, Guerrillero Heroico (1960) by Alberto Korda, its unique trajectory and endless renderings. There is only one image of Che Guevara amongst the many that were taken of him that has been chosen by people around the world as a kind of affective form of resistance: “Korda's image has worked its way into languages around the world. It has become an alphanumeric symbol, a hieroglyph; an instant symbol. It mysteriously reappears whenever there's a conflict. There isn't anything else in history that serves in this way" (Lotz, 2007). Using this image as a heuristic, and presenting a final exhibit through a photo collage installation called Chenigma, Cambre explores vernacular visual expression asking: How do people produce and direct the visual space. How is the image a doing? Her writing has been published in Visual Arts Research; Globalisation, Societies, and Education; and Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies. Some of these publications reflect high-quality collaborations with scholars across the fields of visual anthropology, sociology and education. Her artistic work in the mediums of encaustic, photography and multi-media collage has been published as cover art for a number of magazines and books and been recognized in various competitions, including first prize at the 2010 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) in New York with a photo-collage called “Beginnings.”

Her current project, “Nomadic Pedagogies: Collective visuality in a school run by and for the homeless”, explores the case of School #70 Isauro Arancibia, the only known Argentine self-managed school for homeless students to complete primary education. As an unprecedented social experiment in Buenos Aires, the school has become a hive of innovation. Students, teachers and others at the school have had to organize their everyday practices by inventing a completely new way to “do school.” I have selected this site for research because it illustrates original curricular practices at a time when governments and non-governmental organizations face tight constraints in terms of the personnel, resources and support they can offer. Isauro Arancibia is a privileged site for analysis precisely because new forms of collective organization, creativity, and social capital are becoming visible there.

Website: https://concordia.academia.edu/mariacarolinacambre


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