Carolina Cambre

Born in Cordoba, Argentina, Carolina is an artist/writer/educator at Concordia University, Montreal in Quebec, Canada. Her award-winning thesis, now a book, The Semiotics of Che Guevara: Affective gateways (2015), presents a series of encounters with the photograph, Guerrillero Heroico (1960) by Alberto Korda, its unique trajectory and endless renderings. Using this image as a heuristic, and presenting a final exhibit through a photo collage installation called Chenigma, Cambre explores vernacular visual expression asking: How do people produce and direct the visual space. How is the image a doing? Her writing has been published in Visual Arts Research; Globalisation, Societies, and Education; and Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies. Some of these publications reflect high-quality collaborations with scholars across the fields of visual anthropology, sociology and education.
Her current project, “Nomadic Pedagogies: Collective visuality in a school run by and for the homeless”, explores the case of School #70 Isauro Arancibia, the only known Argentine self-managed school for homeless students to complete primary education. As an unprecedented social experiment in Buenos Aires, the school has become a hive of innovation. Students, teachers and others at the school have had to organize their everyday practices by inventing a completely new way to “do school.”  This site illustrates original curricular practices at a time when governments and non-governmental organizations face tight constraints in terms of the personnel, resources and support they can offer. Isauro Arancibia is a privileged site for analysis precisely because new forms of collective organization, creativity, and social capital are becoming visible there.
Her artistic work in the mediums of encaustic, photography and multi-media collage has been published as cover art for a number of magazines and books and been recognized in various competitions, including first prize at the 2010 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) in New York with a photograph called “Beginnings.”

Email: carolina.cambre@concordia.ca

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