Calendar: Art Talk: El Espacio 23 x PAMM: Across the Afro Diaspora with Maria Elena Ortiz and Tandazani Dhlakama

Event Description

Join us for a collaborative discussion with our partner El Espacio 23 that spans the Afro Diaspora touching on themes from both exhibitions: WITNESS: Afro Perspectives from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection and Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection. Exhibition curators Maria Elena Ortiz and Tandazani Dhlakama will touch on themes including systematic oppression, intergenerational trauma, syncretism, identity, territory, abstraction, representation, politics, spirituality, and race.

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Simultaneous interpretation into American Sign Language (ASL) will be provided for this panel.
Interpretation will be provided in Kreyol and Spanish via phone line, please have a telephone at hand to call into the interpretation line.
Ap gen entèpretasyon an Kreyòl ak Panyòl sou liy telefòn, tanpri sonje genyen yon telefòn pare, pou w ka rele liy telefòn pou tande entèpretasyon an.
Se proveerá interpretación en Criollo Haitiano y Español por medio de una línea telefónica; por favor tenga un teléfono a mano para llamar a la línea de interpretación.


Tandazani Dhlakama, is an assistant curator at Zeitz MOCAA. Prior to joining Zeitz MOCAA, she worked at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) in Harare where she held various roles between 2011 and 2017. In 2017 she was the conference coordinator for the 2nd International Conference on African Cultures (ICAC 2017) which took place in Harare. 

In 2016 Dhlakama was curator at Tsoko Gallery, an independent art space in Harare, where she curated their inaugural exhibition Beyond the Body (2016) and was involved in the establishment of the space. 
She has contributed essays and articles to publications such as Something We Africans Got, Africanah, The Herald Newspaper, Panorama, Jewel, Stitch and Artlife magazines. Dhlakama is a Beit Scholar. She holds an MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies from the University of Leeds, UK (2015) and a BA in Fine Art and Political Science, Magna Cum Laude from St. Lawrence University, USA (2011). 

María Elena Ortiz is a curator at PAMM, where she is spearheading the Caribbean Cultural Institute (CCI). At PAMM, Ortiz has organized several projects including The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art (2019); Latinx Art Sessions (2019); William Cordova: now's the time (2018); Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors (2016); Ulla von Brandenburg: It Has a Golden Sun and an Elderly Grey Moon (2017); Firelei Báez: Bloodlines (2015); and Carlos Motta: Histories for the Future (YEAR). Ortiz has contributed to writing platforms such as the Davidoff Art Initiative, Terremoto Magazine, and others. A recipient of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and Independent Curators International (ICI) Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean, Ortiz's curatorial practice is informed by the connections between Latinx, Latin American, and Black communities in the US and the Caribbean.