The docent pop-up exhibtion Unpost This. Reshare This. was on view May 10 – June 7, 2022.
Unpost This. Reshare This. began with a question at the top of a shared document: “How can Baruch promote diversity and show support for its diverse student body in a way that is not invasive or performative?”
In an effort to replace airy diversity initiatives with concrete solutions from students, for students, we wrote a diversity proposal.
As students at Baruch, we’d seen casual racism and a lack of support for marginalized communities run through every level of the community: students, faculty, and staff.
To connect our proposed solutions with the lived experience of the community, we started reaching out on social media. We posted questions, ran polls on our Instagram stories, and left flyers around campus. What we heard back from students was eye-opening! We're often overlooked when you're a minority talking about your rights or how a system has failed you. Still, the responses showed that many felt the same way.
We compiled this information into two zines, Unpost This and Reshare This, each backed with our proposal. The Docent team was unsure of what would come from this but were hopeful that it would be seen by students and faculty. We hoped that it would inspire people to have their own conversations about these ongoing issues.
Our goal was to amplify the voices in our student body that are often silenced or not heard. To share our zines, we set up a stand outside our gallery on the second floor of the Newman Library. This continued for 5 weeks until the pop-up closed on June 7th.
Everyone who picked up a copy stood with us to some extent – whether they were actively trying to change the system or just curious to learn more. Every instance of learning and empathy is a step forward.
Unpost This. Reshare This. was created by the New Media Artspace Docent Team: Anya Ballantyne, Josè Daniel Benítez, Bryan Campaña, Kaitlyn Chiu, Yasmeen Collins, Milli Encarnacion, Maya Hilbert, and Kezia Velista. The exhibition was produced with support from Katherine Behar, Associate Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College. The exhibition is made possible by support from the Baruch Computing and Technology Center (BCTC), the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and the Newman Library.
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the gallery spaces in the Newman Library are closed to the public until further notice.
The New Media Artspace is a teaching exhibition space in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Baruch College, CUNY. Housed in the Newman Library, the New Media Artspace showcases curated experimental media and interdisciplinary artworks by international artists, students, alumni, and faculty.
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