Jonathas de AndradeRosanne Haggerty
Jonathan Bowles (moderator)
The age of network culture offers new, powerful tools for individual and collective expression, and in response, the act of protest is rapidly evolving; individuals, groups, and entire communities once conveniently invisible to decision-makers are self-organizing to make their voices heard. From Cairo to Istanbul and from Barcelona to São Paulo, the sight of public squares inundated by a sea of protesters has become one of the key images of our time. At the same time, an increasing number of people—the poor, the homeless, the elderly, the mentally ill, and undocumented immigrants, to name just a few groups—are disappearing from sight. How do the disenfranchised find representation in the city today? Is there a cartography to guide those who have wandered or been driven from the center? This panel will analyze the social and political crises triggered by new technologies, the shifts in the balance of power within society they are bringing about, and the role of art in defining a new paradigm of social justice.
Jonathas de Andrade
Jonathas de Andrade lives and works in Recife, Brazil, and creates art that investigates cultural phenomena that are in danger of vanishing. He has participated in the 12th Lyon Biennial (2013), the 2nd New Museum Triennial (2012), the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011), the 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010), and the 7th Mercosul Biennial (2009). In 2012, he received a special jury prize for the Future Generation Art Prize Exhibition at the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Kyiv, Ukraine.
President, Community Solutions
A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Rosanne Haggerty is President and CEO of Community Solutions, a non-profit organization working to strengthen communities and end homelessness. In 1990, she founded Common Ground Community and reopened the legendary Times Square Hotel as a place for homeless and low-income residents, thereby reducing homelessness by 87 percent in the twenty-block vicinity surrounding it. In 2012, Haggerty was awarded the Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism.
Yto Barrada was born in Paris and grew up in Tangier, Morocco. She studied history and political science at the Sorbonne and photography at the International Center for Photography. Her work moves across photography, film, publications, and installation, and engages with the specific situation of Tangier as a transitory locale. She is the cofounder of the Cinémathèque de Tanger and a member of the Beirut-based Arab Image Foundation. Barrada’s work was recently featured in the exhibition “Here and Elsewhere” at the New Museum.
Co-creator, Occupy Wall Street, former Editor, Adbusters magazine, and Founder, Boutique Activist Consultancy
Driven by the belief that social change movements like Occupy are too focused on urban environments, Micah White moved to Nehalem, Oregon. He sees rural towns as “clean slate[s] for building social change,” where inhabitants are still recovering from the economic and environmental impacts of the capitalist system that Occupy fought against. His new for-profit firm, Boutique Activist Consultancy, specializes in “impossible campaigns.” White argues that to be a full-time activist, you must have an income.
Jonathan Bowles (moderator)
Executive Director, Center for an Urban Future
Since 2002, Jonathan Bowles has been Executive Director of the Center for an Urban Future, a Manhattan-based think tank dedicated to independent research about key policy issues facing New York City and other cities. Under Bowles’s direction, the Center authored an acclaimed study about the significant impact immigrant entrepreneurs are having on cities’ economies, a study about New York City’s innovation economy, as well as a report about how to retain and grow New York City’s middle class.