About

The mission of the Amplification Project: Digital Archive for Forced Migration, Contemporary Art, and Action is to document, preserve, and raise the visibility of art and activism inspired, influenced, or affected by forced migration. 

We are a community-based participatory public digital archive to which any artist and activist can submit their work related to forced migration, and anyone with an account can comment on the archive’s materials.

We are committed to:

  • preserving and providing a platform for new and existing artistic and activist productions related to forced migration
  • intervening in public and political anti-refugee and xenophobic rhetoric
  • being a counterpoint to the often depersonalized and dehumanized visual representation of asylum seekers and refugees in the media 
  • using archiving to raise awareness about and speak to injustices around refugeehood and displacement
  • working hand-in-hand with and connecting local, national, and transnational art practices, activist projects, and conversations centered on forced migration issues

How to Join and Participate in the Community

  • Submit your artwork or activist project to the archive: Click the Contribute menu tab to submit materials easily (no registration necessary). For more information about submitting, see the Contributor’s Guide.  if you are submitting more than one item and want to group your items into a collection or need help to submit your material(s), contact us:  theamplificationproject@gmail.com 
  • Comment on art and activist projects in the archive: Create an account or login (top right of each webpage) 
  • Help us manage the archive: We invite community members to join our collective advisory group. For more information, contact us: theamplificationproject@gmail.com 

Collective Advisory Group/Founding Members

Elizabeth Shoshany Anderson is Assistant Curator at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Lead Curator of Arts + Literature Laboratory, a community-driven contemporary non-profit arts organization. She also works to organize exhibitions for the Bubbler program through the City of Madison Public Library. Before joining MMoCA, Shoshany Anderson was Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Shoshany Anderson was previously based in London, where she held a Curatorial Internship at the Tate Modern. Additionally, she has served as a juror and guest curator on numerous panels and programs. Shoshany Anderson received her MA in Curating the Art Museum from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and a BA in Art History and Jewish Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kathy Carbone is a Postdoctoral Scholar and Lecturer in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Before joining UCLA, she was the Institute Archivist and Performing Arts Librarian for over a decade at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and a modern dancer and choreographer for more than 20 years. Carbone holds a Ph.D. in Information Studies from UCLA, an MLIS from Kent State University, and an MA in Dance and Music and a BFA in Dance from Ohio University. Carbone’s research focuses on contemporary art practices with archives; documenting and archiving performance; human rights, social justice, and archives; art and forced migration; and, digital community archives.

Vukašin Nedeljković: artist, activist, and, independent scholar (Dublin)

Pinar Öğrenci: artist and writer (Istanbul and Berlin)

Habibah (Biba) Sheikh: theater artist, curator, and activist (Detroit)

Aida Wilde: visual artist, printmaker, and educator (London)

Nick Schwieterman: PhD student in information studies (Los Angeles)