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.

It’s August!

NOW LIVE: An interview with Canadian artist Rebekah Andrade

© Rebekah Andrade

Rebekah Andrade is a Canadian visual artist based in Nevada where she has established her practice. IoM visited Andrade’s studio remotely to talk about her current projects, her life in isolation, and what she’s doing in preparation for an exhibition at the Sahara West Gallery in Las Vegas, Nevada in the Fall. Read more…

From August 10-14, 2020 don’t miss Rebekah’s takeover for the Instruments of Memory Instagram account!

COMING NEXT: An interview with artist & activist Jackie Amézquita

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Jackie Amézquita (b. 1985) is a bi-national artist/activist. Amézquita was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, and migrated to the United States in 2003. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from ArtCenter College of Design and an Associate degree in Visual Communications from Los Angeles Valley College. She is an MFA Candidate in the New Genres program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 2022. She is currently living and working in Los Angeles, California. Amézquita’s work explores the psycho-socio-geographical and political interactivity of different ethnic groups. She is interested in exploring the impact that two opposing cultures create on their social environment and how socioeconomic differences between cultures affect the social structure. The types of jobs people do, the amount of money they can earn, and the quality of land they occupy are factors that play a role in defining racial groups in society, each with its own concerns, interests, values, and attitudes.

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© Colectiva Colmena Verde

For this interview, members of Colmena Verde Collective talk to IoM about the young history of their group and their advocacy and empowerment actions to promote equal rights for girls and women in Mexico. Read more…

In September!

A conversation with Dr. Srishtee Sethi

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Dr. Srishtee Sethi largely works within the ambit of Borderlands and Migration. She recently completed her Assistant Professor position at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. Dr Srishtee has joined the ‘Chatra Aspirational District’ team (Govt of India and TISS knowledge partnership) as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. She has been a Citizen Historian recording oral histories of 1947 Partition witnesses and has organized events such as the Voices of Partition at TISS Mumbai, refugee, and stateless exhibitions as well as hosted events such as Museum of Memories at the India Culture Lab, Mumbai. She is a TEDx speaker and has elaborated on the ‘idea of home’ for refugee groups and refugee identity traversing through her own extended family history affected by the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan.


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.

Stay tuned!

Before you go…

Safer at home: An interview with Patricia Yossen

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Patricia Yossen is an Argentinian contemporary artist and educator based in Los Angeles, California where she established her practice in 2008. To talk more about her practice, her influences, and how she’s dealing with life in the age of the Coronavirus, I visited Patricia Yossen’s studio virtually back in May and we continued our conversation via email.  Read more…