Yair Agmon, born in Israel, is a practicing artist and Technical Faculty at California Institute of the Arts, from which he received an MFA in Photography and Media. His work deconstructs nationalist and oppressive narratives that dominate history, identity and the distribution of power in the Palestinian-Israeli landscape. Through archival research, documentary and essay films, photo installations and critical writing, Agmon subverts hidden in plain sight myths by offering a re-contextualized history.
Samantha Blanco is a 2nd year MLIS student with a focus on archival studies and library studies in UCLA’s Information Studies department. She received her B.A. in anthropology with a double minor in gender studies and labor and workplace studies also from UCLA. Her interests include affect and radical empathy in the archives.
Michelle Caswell, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Information Studies with a joint appointment in Asian American studies at UCLA. She is the co-founder of the South Asian American Digital Archive (http://www.saada.org).
Patricia Ciccone is a second year MLIS student at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research is concerned with the visual and discursive organization of affects in social environments, and explores how the use of different media operates to construct and distribute different forms of power. She holds a BA and a MA in Film Studies from Concordia University and is a researcher for mediaqueer.ca, an online catalogue for LGBTQ Canadian film history.
Catherine Czacki is a writer, artist and PhD candidate residing in San Diego, California.
Kelman Duran is an artist, filmmaker, and musician based in Los Angeles who is interested in the way disenfranchised communities respond to civic architecture. Duran received a BA in Sociology from The State University of New York at Binghamton and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Previous exhibitions and screenings include Project Row Houses, Houston; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; MOCA, The Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles; and Harvard University, Cambridge, among others. Duran lives and works in Los Angeles.
Yvonne Eadon is a second-year doctoral student in Information Studies at UCLA. She has a B.A. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley, and has worked in digital archives for two-and-a-half years. Her research focuses on how online archives are used as evidence for conspiracy theories on and about social media.
Nick Flessa lives and works in Los Angeles where he serves as co-director of Los Angeles Contemporary Archive. He holds an MFA from CalArts. His first solo exhibition, Death Production: The Archive of Janna Flessa, opens at LACA on February 10th.
Kwanda Ford is a Ph.D. student in Critical Media Studies and a Eugene V. Cota Robles Fellow at UCLA. She obtained her Masters degree in Cultural Studies with a certificate in Africana Studies and Media Studies emphasis from Claremont Graduate University. Her research draws on the Black feminist tradition to study histories and popular culture representations of cross-racial feminist alliances. She has written on freedwoman’s narratives, film, Black diaspora popular culture, and critical food studies. Before relocating to Los Angeles, she earned a Masters in Human Services Counseling and a bachelor in Liberal Arts from National-Louis University in Chicago.
Marianna Hovhannisyan (San Diego/Yerevan) is a research-based curator, currently pursuing her Ph.D in Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the Visual Arts Department, UCSD. Her work and writings focus on the hegemony of archives, exploring ‘unattended’ objects and scripting ontological and geopolitical gaps in history, culture and arts. In 2016 she curated Empty Fields, a large-scale exhibition commissioned by SALT, Istanbul, which originates from her research in a rare social history archive. Recent fellowships include Hrant Dink Foundation, Kadist Art Foundation. In 2017, she was selected for the Getty Consortium Seminar and is currently editing the Empty Fields publication (2018.)
Christina Hummel-Colla obtained her B.A. in History from Occidental College, where she became interested in pursuing a career in cultural heritage institutions. She is now a first year graduate student in the Department of Information Sciences at UCLA and a Library Collections Assistant at the Autry Museum of the American West. She is motivated to learn more about Indigenous rights issues and about what must be done to decolonize our cultural and educational institutions.
Adria L. Imada is associate professor in the Department of History at University of California, Irvine. She has broad research and teaching interests in indigeneity, race, gender, sexuality, medical humanities, visual culture, and performance. Her book Aloha America: Hula Circuits through the U.S. Empire (Duke 2012) received four prizes, including the Lawrence W. Levine Prize for best cultural history from the Organization of American Historians and best first book in women’s history from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. With the support of a National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine biomedicine grant, she is currently writing An Archive of Skin, An Archive of Kin: Disability and Kinship during Medical Incarceration, a book about the visual culture of leprosy (Hansen’s disease) and kinship in Hawai‘i.
Saida Largaespada is currently a second year MLIS student specializing in Archival Studies at UCLA. Her interests lie in community radio archives and the preservation of sound and ephemeral performance. She has an educational background in musicology and is a practicing artist with a focus on illustration and video. Saida is currently an archivist at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive and is a Digital Library assistant at UCLA where she runs the Digital Library’s social media (instagram: @uclalibrary and twitter: @ucladiglib).
Ruth Livier is a UCLA doctoral student in Information Studies. She has a B.A. in English Literature/Creative Writing (UCLA, 2016. Summa cum laude). Her research interests primarily focus on net neutrality. Ruth returns to academia with a career as an actress/writer/content creator. She is the first person to join the Writers Guild of America West via her work in digital media, and she has worked extensively in TV, film, radio, animation, and theater in both English and Spanish language media.
Amy Lonetree is an Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and her scholarly research focuses on Indigenous history, visual culture studies, and museum studies. Her publications include, Decolonizing Museums: Representing Native America in National and Tribal Museums (2012); a co-edited book with Amanda J. Cobb, The National Museum of the American Indian: Critical Conversations (2008); and a co-authored volume, People of the Big Voice: Photographs of Ho-Chunk Families by Charles Van Schaick, 1879-1942 (2011).
Hannah Mandel is a second year MLIS student at UCLA. She received a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. Her research interests include museum informatics, specifically the digital preservation of time-based media artworks and other born-digital assets in modern and contemporary art collections. She is currently the Project Archivist at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Gabriel Peters-Lazaro, M.F.A., Ph.D., is an assistant professor of the practice of cinematic arts at the University of Southern California where he researches, designs and produces digital media for innovative learning. His current research interests include Civic Imagination and Hypercinemas. As a producer and cinematographer he recently completed a feature length documentary on assisted reproductive technologies (ART) called One More Shot. His courses deal with critical media making and theory.
Ines Schaber is an artist and writer (Los Angeles/Berlin). She studied Fine Art at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, architectural theory at Princeton University, and received her Ph.D. from the Visual Cultures/Center for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her dissertation entitled, Obtuse, Flitting by and Nevertheless There–Image Archives in Practice, examined a set of questions underlying archival photographic practices seeking to trace new or alternate modes of archival practice to meet contemporary needs and methods of knowledge production. Her work has been shown in a number of places among them The Workhouse at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, in collaboration with the sociologist Avery Gordon. Currently she is preparing a series of publications called Notes on Archives (published by Archive Books Berlin and Camera Austria Graz), which will be launched on the occasion of an exhibition of her archival work from the last 15 years at Camera Austria in 2018. Ines Schaber has taught at many European art schools and also at CalArts as visiting faculty for the Program in Photography and Media in 2014/15 before joining its core faculty.
Herbert U. Serrano is a second-year MLIS student specializing in informatics at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies; his research investigates the high cost of course materials and its impact on outcomes for students of color and first-generation college students. Herbert works full-time at UCLA Extension as a copyright analyst and the institution’s DMCA agent. Born and raised in the Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles, he now resides in Porter Ranch, CA with his wife and newborn daughter. Not that he has any, but in his free time Herbert enjoys barbecuing and playing board games.