Chelsea Klinke receives award at GSA Peer Beyond Symposium

Chelsea Klinke (MA student) was awarded First Place in Art & Exhibition for the 4th Annual Graduate Research Symposium: GSA Peer Beyond 2020.

Congratulations to MA student Chelsea Klinke who was awarded First Place in Art & Exhibition for the 4th Annual Graduate Research Symposium: GSA Peer Beyond 2020.

The title of her exhibition is "Ngäbe Weavings of Interconnectivity". This curated photo ethnography warps and wefts particular practices and epistemologies of one Panamanian Ngäbe community in the context of a 'kra', or woven bag. Traditionally made from 'kika' plant fibers, the 'kra' holds utilitarian, artisanal, and symbolic functions. As large-scale agriculture has resulted in prolific deforestation of 'kika' plants, communities now utilize recycled plastics to preserve this long-held craft. The tangibility and interactive nature of this project are symbolic of the interconnectivity between beings, the adaptive nature of peoples and their environments, and the physical exchange and movement of knowledge.

The Peer Beyond Graduate Research Symposium offers graduate students the unique opportunity to present their innovative research in a multi-disciplinary conference. This year’s theme, Innovation through Collaboration, celebrates the shared success of establishing new innovations and connections through collaborative research. 

Great job Chelsea!