Claudia Pretelin, New York City, 2016. © Image by Bryan Murray


Welcome to Instruments of Memory. I’m Claudia Pretelin. I’m a Mexican art historian, independent researcher, and arts administrator based in Los Angeles, California. This site is my long-term art history documentation project. It has evolved with time and I find myself now focusing on personal interviews with womxn in the arts. I ask about their work, their interests, and future projects. If this intrigues you I encourage you to check in on occasion and maybe even take a dive into the archives.


Citlali Fabián’s IG Takeover!

Self-portrait by Citlali Fabián

From October 26 to October 30, 2020, photographer Citlali Fabián is taking over IoM’s Instagram account! Follow along as she shares more about her practice and current projects. You can read IoM’s past interview with Fabián here.

Citlali Fabián is a Yalalteca, Mexican visual artist and storyteller who uses photography to explore ways of addressing identity and its connections with territory, migration, and community bonds. Her work has been shown in solo and collective exhibitions around the world and is part of Mexico’s National Institute of Fine Arts Toledo Collection, the Patricia Conde Collection, and the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University.Fabián is a National Geographic Society explorer, with the project “I’m from Yalalag, a photo essay to explore the development of our Zapotec identity.” A member of the Women Photograph and Natives Photograph collectives, Fabián was selected to participate in the seventh annual New York Portfolio Review. Her Mestiza series was selected as one of the New York Times Lens blog’s “13 Stories That Captured Photography in 2018.”

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Annalisa Barron © Photo by Adam Schaefer

Focusing on the importance of recording shared histories, for the past nine months Annalisa Barron has been working with staff and instructors at Writers and Books (a literary center located in the Neighborhood of the Arts in Rochester, New York) to gain insight into their community and the history of their building. To talk about this project, her work, her views on the recent events happening in the city, and how they are informing her practice, I spoke with Annalisa over Zoom and we continued this conversation via email. Read more…

Annalisa Barron is an artist and filmmaker currently working in Rochester, NY. She graduated from Penn State University with a BFA in Painting and Drawing in 2013 and with an MFA in Sculpture from the Pratt Institute in 2017. Currently, Annalisa is starting an art-based film studio, Big Al’s Flying Films, which focuses on empowering young artists to work with their hands and learn to represent themselves as professionals.


An Interview with Andrea Ordaz

Andrea Ordaz

Andrea Ordaz is based in Los Angeles, California creating modern dance choreographies. She received a BFA in Performance & Choreography and an MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine. As creative director of A.Ordaz Dance, she makes and shares dances inspired by human connection and cultural landscapes. She utilizes her first-generation American perspective to advocate for deep thinking and profound opportunity in varying capacities such as dance and higher education, women in contemporary arts, and Mexican American contemporary dancing bodies and makings.

An Interview with Rosina Herrera, Conservator at the Rijksmuseum

Rosina Herrera

Rosina Herrera studied Paper Conservation and Art History before she was trained as a Photograph Conservator in Rochester, NY, at the Eastman Museum’s Advanced Residency Program in Photo Conservation. She worked at MoMA (NY) as an Andrew W. Mellon fellow and has collaborated with the Hispanic Society of New York.In 2014 she joined the Rijkmuseum in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). 

From El Salvador, visual artist Alexia Miranda talks about her practice

Alexia Miranda

Alexia Miranda, is a multidisciplinary artist from El Salvador whose work explores the limits of human relations. She works with vulnerable communities through art therapy. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2019 she participated in the 13 Bienal de la Habana. 

A conversation with Mexican artist and illustrator, Dulce Chacón

Dulce Chacón

Dulce Chacón, is a visual artist and illustrator currently living and working in Mexico City. Her work is a graphic reflection about the visual documentation and its methods of representation, having as an objective to establish relations between the procedures in the translation of the photographic images to drawings. 

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Before you go…


Sarah E. Webb © Image by Emily Delameter

Sarah E. Webb‘s path is comprised of many stitches, but at heart, she is a storyteller and teacher. From the artist studio to the yoga studio, her multi-disciplinary approach considers both spaces as creative sites of corporeal process and practice. Webb received her MFA from Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, and is the co-editor of Singular Women: Writing the Artist, UC Press, 2003, as well as contributing artist and author to The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art, Demeter Press, 2011. For the past decade, Sarah immersed herself in the physical and philosophical teaching of the yogic tradition, guided by Dr. Douglas Brooks and Vishali Varga. She has taught and trained yoga teachers in the Rochester, NY area, is the founder of Embodied Recovery, mentors students privately, and leads virtual writing circles, workshops, and retreats. Sarah weaves her critical, visual, and perceptual background into a unique environment to map and make meaning of one’s individual body stories and experiences through pose and prose. She is currently completing a collection of essays, Narrative Threads, and publishes a newsletter of the same name.

From her home in Rochester, New York, Sarah connected with Claudia Pretelin & Instruments of Memory to talk about memories, past and future projects. Read more…