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

Hi! Welcome to Instruments of Memory. I’m Claudia Pretelin. I’m a Mexican art historian, independent curator, 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 promoting the work of women in the arts through in-depth conversations, exhibitions, and programming with different community partners. You can learn more about me here.

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Instruments of Memory (IoM) is pleased to host unspoken curated by Sarah E Webb.

Nearly one in four women in the United States will experience an abortion by age 45 for reasons that are deeply personal. And yet the stigma around abortion has silenced their experiences for fear of repercussion. 

Abortion stories are unspoken stories.

This exhibition is a collaborative project in the form of a digital commonplace book, interweaving stories written by women who chose to terminate a pregnancy with Cynthia Mulcahy’s series Abortion Bouquet: An Action. Mulcahy  makes “abortion bouquets” from traditional abortifacient plants for artists, activists, abortion rights advocates, and allies: contemporary women holding bouquets imbued with the ancient wisdom of midwives.  Visit unspoken HERE.

Artist Cynthia Mulcahy (left) | Abortion Bouquet: An Action (right)

Cynthia Mulcahy is a Dallas-based conceptual artist and independent curator. Her intermedia works range from large-scale public interventions to small quiet gestures and often defy categorization. Be it a community square dance, farming as street theater, an exhibition examining war or an evening of musical performances to recognize a public city park’s forgotten history, Mulcahy’s research-driven practice often begins in the archive with a desire to re-investigate the historical record for the present moment. Questioning the divisions between various forms of art-related practice, the artist’s work also promotes the concept and practice of art as activism. Mulcahy’s commitment to platforming the work of others through organizing exhibitions has focused on pressing contemporary subjects such as modern warfare and American militarism.


Anne Leighton Massoni

In conjunction with the online exhibition “unspoken”, don’t miss this conversation between curator, Sarah E. Webb and Anne Leighton Massoni. Read more here.

Anne Leighton Massoni, is the former Managing Director of Education at the International Center of Photography. Massoni graduated with a MFA in Photography from Ohio University and BAs in Photography and Anthropology from Connecticut College. Her work relates to ideas of both real and fabricated memories and identity. She has exhibited internationally including The Print Center in Philadelphia, NIH in Washington, DC, Newspace in Portland, and the East-End Film Festival in London. Publications include ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art and The Photograph & The Album. She co-edited The Focal Press Companion to the Constructed Image in Contemporary Photography.

Sarah E. Webb’s path consists of many stitches, but at heart, she is a storyteller. From the artist studio to the yoga studio, her multi-disciplinary approach considers both spaces as creative sites of corporeal process and practice. Webb is the co-editor of Singular Women: Writing the Artist, UC Press (2003) and was a member of the 2021 Listen To Your Mother cast, Rochester, NY. She received her MFA from Visual Studies Workshop, and is currently completing her CPA in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University. Webb  teaches  at the University of Rochester and  facilitates writing and meditation retreats on Monhegan Island, ME. 


Daniela Lieja Quintanar is a Los Angeles-based curator and arts researcher. She is the Chief Curator and Director of Programming at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). Her curatorial practice takes inspiration from everyday spaces of political struggle and collective forms of knowledge production. Lieja Quintanar research focuses on gestures of collective solidarity and organizing within the Americas.

Ileana Doble Hernández’s socially conscious practice expands to photography, video, installation, and new media. Her works are part of public and private collections and have been shown in publications and venues in North America, Europe, and Asia. Ileana believes that art has the power to make people care. She provokes the audience to think about systems of inequality and the effect of gun violence on children.

Cecilia Vázquez’s work feeds off situations stemming from the still life and the landscape, and from the invention of elements that encourage the remembrance of something remotely familiar. Be it in painting, drawing, or three-dimensional pieces, Vázquez maneuvers in the interstice of figurative and abstract syntaxes to revalue the image as a territory loaded with subjective possibilities in terms of imagination, and its potential for the articulation of new metaphorical meanings.


Instruments of Memory en alianza con el Museo de las Mujeres de Costa Rica, está preparando una exposición en línea que presenta el trabajo de artistas emergentes y otras de amplia trayectoria que examinan historias visuales de mujeres de la diáspora africana y afrodescendientes en América Latina. Con curaduría a cargo de Claudia Mandel Katz (Argentina-Costa Rica), Adriana Palomo (Argentina), Claudia Pretelin (México-Estados Unidos) y Sussy Vargas (Costa Rica) esta exposición busca reflexionar sobre las diferentes comunidades afrolatinas enfatizando la importancia de comprender el legado de estas comunidades en nuestro continente. 

Instruments of Memory, in partnership with The Women’s Museum of Costa Rica, presents an online exhibition featuring the work of emerging and established artists who examine visual stories of the African diaspora and Afro-descendants in Latin America. Curated by Claudia Mandel Katz (Argentina-Costa Rica), Adriana Palomo (Argentina), Claudia Pretelin (Mexico-USA), and Sussy Vargas (Costa Rica ) this exhibition seeks to reflect upon the different Afro-Latin communities emphasizing the importance of understanding the legacy of these diverse black communities in our continent. 


Liliana Angulo (Colombia)

Marcela Bertozzi (Costa Rica)

Koral Carballo (México)

Vanessa Charlot, (Haití)

Mar Diaz (Colombia/ Argentina)

Sandra Eleta (Panamá)

Maya Goded (México)

Aylee Ibáñez (Cuba/Argentina)

Joiri Minaya (República Dominicana)

Leydi Maritza Vazquez (México)

Claudia Prechedes (Brasil/Argentina)

Gertrudis Rivalta Oliva (Cuba)

y más/ and more…

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