We are an organization focused on supporting artists through fundraising and digital services. This is a partnership between Ricardo Martinez Herrera, a Mexican sculptor, and Caroline Kamm, a specialist in non-profit development. We address the challenges that artists—particularly those from diverse backgrounds—face when developing their networks and professionalizing their artistic practices.
When considering diversity in art, we see a sector that is broken into silos. In the largest silo, we find the traditional networks for funding, creating, and promoting art, which typically support artists from similar backgrounds. It is well understood how these networks exclude outside voices, which in our mind, led to a trend of creating additional silos to support outsider art. These silos may provide new markets for artists outside the Classical European tradition, but they have also marginalized those voices from the mainstream art sector. We aim to stimulate a diversity of thought and experience that runs through the heart of the art sector. We are concerned with intersecting forms of diversity, including but not limited to immigration background, race, religion, sexual orientation, and gender. We aim for a diversity of perspective that works discursively across artistic traditions, in which artists of all backgrounds can make meaningful contributions to the sector as a whole.
We aim to create a digital platform to support safe and inclusive artist collaborations. The idea for the platform was born from a conversation with a live model and painter, who was finding it difficult to safely pursue new partnerships. As a woman in the art sector, working in a particularly vulnerable position, she often had to limit her work to those already in her network. On the platform, creative professionals would create profiles highlighting their perspectives, mediums, and future topics of interest. The “discovery” feature will be based on shared interests and geographic location, and designed to broaden an artist’s creative network. Crucially for the safety of users, particularly those from vulnerable groups, users who have worked with someone have the ability to recommend them or flag the user for unsafe behavior. Ultimately, the goal is to facilitate collaborations between artists with diverse life experiences, while prioritizing the safety of creatives to pursue their work.
Accessibility, disability justice, data sovereignty, Feminist ethics, de-centralization of the web, Inclusivity, Algorithmic Bias (for BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ peoples), anti-surveillance, resisting commodification of data (humans), AI and AI's biases towards queer and racialized bodies, moderation and censorship in digital space, working digitally in collaboration with artists in different locations
What role does the curator* hold in transforming environments whose trajectories are all intertwined with processes of globalisation? How are ephemeral experiences curated, archived and re-evoked across space, time and digital access, consumption and saturation? How can curatorship subvert the algorithms placed upon us and how can safety, solidarity and an ecology of sharing be upheld throughout?