Particle Episode 23: Kathy Brew
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We are so fortunate to talk with Kathy Brew, award-winning artist and film-maker, who joins us today to talk about her most recent work as Curator with the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) for the Annual Benefit: Let me Speak. This annual benefit provides funding and resources for artists facing issues of censorship and to continue to facilitate freedom of expression and creativity. Kathy and Victoria discuss the particular potency of the auction this year, as well as how the newly virtual format provides greater accessibility and expansiveness. Listen to find out more about this imperative work, and read below for more information about the event.
The National Coalition Against Censorship has been advocating for free expression and the right to think, create and explore new ideas for more than 45 years. As a coalition of over 50 national organizations, NCAC works to resolve controversies through education and advocacy, avoiding the need for legal action, and supporting artists, students, teachers, activists, authors, librarians and others to become their own advocates and develop strategies to counter censorship in all its ever-changing forms.
NCAC’s ArtsAdvocacy Program is the only national project dedicated to working directly with individual artists and curators involved in censorship disputes. NCAC works to protect artists’ rights to participate in the democratic dialogue by defending public access to their work, and supporting their ability to freely express views that might be unpopular or controversial.
Kathy BREW (USA) is an independent videomaker who has worked on a range of media projects, from experimental work to independent documentaries and public television productions. She became involved with filmmaking after college, when she found work making educational cartoons. In 1990, she directed her first short film Mixed Messages. In 1996, she met her husband and long-term collaborator, the late Roberto Guerra. From 2004 to 2007, she was co-director of the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival. In 2012, she and Guerra directed the documentary Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli and in 2014 she started the Roberto Guerra Documentary Fund in memory of her husband. From 2016 to 2020, she was Guest Curator for the MoMA Documentary Fortnight.