A CONVERSATION WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE WOMEN’S MUSEUM IN COSTA RICA, CLAUDIA MANDEL KATZ

Translation by Gabrielle Garcia SteibImages courtesy of Claudia Mandel KatzPortrait of Claudia Mandel Katz courtesy of Alicia Olmos Ochoa In 2014, during a visit to Mexico City, art historian Dr. Griselda Pollock gave a series of conferences at local universities and conducted a workshop titled Feminism and Critical Curatorial Practice organized by the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM), the Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO), and The Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL). Dr. Claudia Mandel Katz and I, along with other selected participants from both universities and the research and curatorial team…

Five Masters of Photography that You Should Follow on Instagram

Instagram has quickly grown into a massive social network. With about 500 million active users taking photographs everyday and sharing them with so many different purposes, it is hard not to feel lost while looking for something interesting to see and think about. I personally have two different accounts, one for my family and friends and the other one to follow and share with people interested in photography and visual culture. So when it comes to my @INSTRUMENTSOFMEMORY account, I am looking for a more selective version of my interests.…

Celebrating 177 Years of Photography

Do you know why is World Photo Day? On August 19, 1839, the French government acquired the patent of the daguerreotype and announced that the new process would be donated as a gift to the world. The daguerreotype was a revolutionary photographic process developed and named after its inventor Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre. It is a unique image on a silvered copper plate, sensitized with iodine vapors, exposed in a camera obscura, developed in mercury fumes and fixed with salt water or sodium thiosulphate. It has a mirror-like surface and…