About the Curators / Acknowledgements

Fiona Ball is a creative organizer based in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. She is the Curatorial Project Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She was previously the Managing Editor at Art Practical, the Assistant Director at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and has extensive experience working with arts nonprofits and visual arts organizations including &art&, the Hollywood Arts Council, the Skirball Cultural Center, Creative Migration, and RITE Editions. Ball is also a dedicated advocate for arts and artist funding. She was selected as an Arts for LA ACTIVATE Fellow in Cultural Policy for 2016-17 and served as an arts delegate for Los Angeles Arts Day in 2017. She frequently collaborates with artists as a producer and curator, developing multi-part performances often in the public space. Ball holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Education Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is pursuing a MA in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts.

Naz Cuguoğlu is a curator and art writer, based in San Francisco and Istanbul. Cuguoğlu is the co-founder of Collective Çukurcuma, a curatorial collective experimenting with collaborative thinking processes through its reading group meetings and international collaborative exhibitions. She has held fellowship positions at the KADIST and the Wattis Institute; researcher positions at de Young Museum and SFMOMA Public Knowledge; and worked as a Projects Manager at Zilberman Gallery (Istanbul & Berlin) and as an Exhibitions and Programs Manager at Maumau Art Residency (Istanbul). Cuguoğlu has curated exhibitions internationally, at institutions such as 15th Istanbul Biennial Public Program, Framer Framed (Amsterdam), Kunstraum Leipzig, Red Bull Art Around Istanbul, among many others. Her writing has been featured in SFMOMA’s Open Space, ArtAsiaPacific, Hyperallergic, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, and elsewhere. She co-edited two books: After Alexandria, the Flood (Umur: 2015) and Between Places (Verkstad Konsthall: 2016). Cuguoğlu received her BA in Psychology and MA in Social Psychology from Koç University, Istanbul. She is pursuing an MA in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts .

Chloe Kwiatkowski is an educator, arts organizer, and writer based in Oakland, California. She is currently an Adjunct Educator at SFMOMA. Kwiatkowski was previously the Publishing Assistant at Art Practical and the Exhibition and Design Fellow at the Flight Deck. Her research interests include performance, representations of addiction and mental illness, as well as critical race theory. She holds a BA in Art and Visual Culture Education with an emphasis in Communities and Museums from the University of Arizona. She is pursuing a dual MA in Curatorial Practice and Visual and Critical Studies at California College of the Arts.

Orly Vermes is a curator and writer currently living in the Bay Area. She has held various positions at the Curatorial Research Bureau, Overduin & Co., Matthew Marks Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Recent projects include Almost Gold and DISCODAZE at PLAySPACE Gallery (San Francisco). Vermes received a BA in Art History and Creative Writing from Oberlin College. She is pursuing a MA in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts.


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Acknowledgments

This exhibition could not have been realized without the support of our peers, family, and advisors.

We are eternally thankful first and foremost to our professor Christina Linden, who guided us step by step throughout the exhibition’s conceptualization and production. Thank you for always giving us room to make mistakes, forge our own paths, while still providing a mental and emotional safety net we could always count on.

Thank you to our Program Chair James Voorhies, who always challenged us to think beyond our perceived conceptual and physical limitations.

Thank you to the Curatorial Practice faculty who have mentored us over the last two years, including J. Myers-Szupinska, Dena Beard, Claudia La Rocco, Elizabeth Thomas, Sara Dean, and Michele Carlson. Your traces can be found in this project.

Thank you to the artists who believed in our vision and were excited to come on board.

Thank you to the team at the CCA Wattis Institute: Anthony Huberman, Jeanne Gerrity, Calen Barca-Hall, Kim Nguyen, Diego Villalobos, Christopher Squier, Leila Grothe, and Lindsey DeVries, who cheered us on with enthusiasm and critical curiosity.

Thank you to wei who designed the publication and accompanying exhibition didactics.

Thank you to the additional contributors to our exhibition catalog Elizabeth Pérez Márquez, Gavin Kroeber, and Vivian Sming.

Thank you to Ursula K. Le Guin Literary Trust for your support and encouragement.

Thank you to all the human and nonhuman beings that support us everyday. Fiona would especially like to thank her partner Dylan Crary, pup Carrott, and her family’s group text (Robert Ball, Janet Goldstein-Ball, and Robbie Ball) for always finding humor in the stormy moments. Naz would like to thank Hakkı Serhat Cacekli, Mine Kaplangı, Sevgi and Salih Cuguoğlu, her garden in San Francisco, and the lovely humans and seagulls of İstanbul for always being there, for all the unconditional care and love. Chloe would like to thank Nedko Yordanov, her cat Max, Suzanne, Taylor, and Judy Kwiatkowski, as well her Aunt Rose and Uncle Rollie for their love and support. Orly would like to thank her parents Klaus and Olivia, David, Wyatt, and of course, her cohort—without each other, none of this could’ve been imagined.