Women Artists Speak Out: Feminism & Creative Expression

An intergenerational, international and interdisciplinary event for Women & Creativity

In celebration of the citywide celebration Women & Creativity 2017, 516 ARTS presented an intergenerational, international and interdisciplinary public forum of women who work in a variety of art forms including visual art, theatre, dance, performance art, writing and journalism. Each of them had a story to tell about being a woman artist today, and each artist’s lineage is from different places and times in women’s history. This gathering created an opportunity to ask, “What can we learn from one another’s experiences? How do our experiences emerge from those of our mothers and grandmothers? What can we imagine for the next generation?”

Everyone was invited to contemplate the past, present and future of art and feminism with a special line-up, including: ERIN GALVEZ, an emerging visual artist whose work is on view in the UNM graduate exhibition at 516 ARTS; DAGMARA ZABSKA, a mid-career theatre artist from Poland who is a visiting artist for Tricklock Company’s Revolutions International Theatre Festival; KELSEY PASCHICH, a mid-career dancer and choreographer who is the co-founder of SHIFT I DANCE festival; DORIS DIFARNECIO, a mid-later career performance artist and activist; and MARGARET RANDALL, a later-career literary artist and activist; with moderator MEGAN KAMERICK, a radio, TV and print journalist who focuses on women’s issues.


ERIN GALVEZ (b. 1975, Carmichael, CA) received her BA degree in Studio Art from California State University Sacramento with an emphasis in Printmaking. She followed that with an internship and the inaugural AmeriCorps Handmade Papermaking position at Women’s Studio Workshop in New York. She has worked as a professional freelance mixed-media artist since 2004. Her work is in collection at California State University, Sacramento, the City of El Paso, and national and international private collections. She was also a 2015 recipient of the Artist Incubator Grant through the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department of El Paso, Texas. Galvez is currently a Teaching Assistant and working towards her MFA in Painting and Drawing at the UNM.

DAGMARA ZABSKA (b. 1978, Bytom, Poland) is an actress, director, theatre teacher and founder and artistic director of the Teatr Figur Kraków group. She works with contemporary shadow theatre, focuses on promoting theatre and culture education in the small cities in Poland and abroad. She has performed at major puppet theatre festivals and small cultural centers across Poland as well as in Europe, Russia, Taiwan, China, Iraq, South Korea and the US. Her passions are shadow theatre, children’s theatre and art for social causes. Dagmara graduated from the theatre studies at the Jagiellonian University, the Centre for Theatre Practices Gardzienice, Figurentheater-kolleg in Bochum. She has received numerous awards and distinguished honors.

KELSEY PASCHICH (b. 1981, Albuquerque, NM) is a dancer and choreographer who has performed nationally and internationally including with The Moscow State Classical Ballet (Russia), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Interdansa Dance Festival 2010 (Spain), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), and the Hannibal Project (Austria), as well as locally with Keshet Dance Company, among others. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from UNM. Paschich continues to perform professionally and choreograph as an independent artist and she teaches locally with Magnify Dance Center, Modas, NDI, Santa Fe University of Art & Design and UNM. She is a founding member and Co-Director of SHIFT | DANCE, a collective dedicated to creating and elevating professional contemporary dance in Albuquerque.

DORIS DIFARNECIO (b. 1963, Madellin, Colombia) is a performance artist who is presently travelling through Latin America working with major scholars, artists and activists at the intersection of artistic practice and social transformation. Her current work focuses on feminicide, an urgent issue related to human rights and gender inequality. Arte Accion is the platform in which she collaborates with other artists, activists and scholars to create new venues for dialogue and action, through critical reflection, performance, art and politics. In her travels through Latin America, she seeks to situate her artistic work and research within a decolonial remembering.

MARGARET RANDALL (b. 1936, New York, NY) is a poet, essayist, oral historian, translator, photographer and social activist. She lived in Latin America for 23 years (in Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua). When she came home in 1984, the government ordered her deported because it found some of her writing to be “against the good order and happiness of the United States”. With the support of many writers and others, she won her case in 1989. Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, she taught at several universities. She is the author of numerous books and essays. Margaret Randall lives in New Mexico with her partner (now wife) of almost 30 years, the painter Barbara Byers, and travels extensively to read, lecture and teach.


MEGAN KAMERICK is passionate about getting women’s voices into media. A journalist for 20 years, she is the former president of the Journalism & Women Symposium, and she is currently the host of Morning Edition on KUNM. Previously she was the producer of New Mexico in Focus on KNME/New Mexico PBS, among other shows. She is an independent radio producer and freelance writer and has produced stories for LatinoUSA, Marketplace and National Public Radio. Her TEDx Albuquerque talk on women and media was the first TEDxABQ talk to go national on TED.com, and she did a follow-up talk at the inaugural TEDxABQ Women event in 2012.

This event was made possible in part by Tricklock Company. For information about the Revolutions International Theatre Festival (March 2017), visit their website.

For more information about Women & Creativity, visit www.womenandcreativity.org.

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