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Hello everyone, my name is Katerine Vasquez but most people call me “Kat” I’m a journalist, currently working on obtaining my MA in media studies. I’m all about being in front of the camera, traveling and writing about my experience in those places I go to visit. I’m also a Christian so I tend to look at things from a Christian angle, but also from a practical and humanitarian point of view. I started this blog because I was touched by my first Missionary trip to Iquitos, Peru and I would love to share with the world my experience there, so that you will also be touched by my words, pictures and videos of this magical place that has the power to turn a cold heart into a warm one. Also to encourage you to give your support to those who are willing to provide help to these people in need. There will be other Missionary trips coming up January-August to Uganda, Honduras, Dom. Rep., Peru (once again) and other countries where poverty unfortunately prevails. Please take the time to read my blog, ask questions and leave comments. It would be a pleasure to go into full details of how something as small as toothpaste and a toothbrush can put a “Colgate” smile on so many young faces and have such a positive impact on their lives!

EXHIBITION DESING REFELXION

Katerine Vasquez, Guatemala Después

Putting together an exhibition design is something new for me. I will have to admit that it has been a roller-coaster. Interacting with artists in different country, completing last minutes assignments and following last minutes decisions in time were challenging task. However, every single student in our class was strong enough to overcome those obstacles and continued on with what now we call “Guatemala Despues, Exhibit Design”.

Throughout the course my interest has always been the Guatemalan community. My interest is/was to engage the Guatemalan community directly and hear their perspectives as part of the exhibit project. I thought we would have Guatemalan students at The New School speak about their past experiences. I also thought of extending an invitation to our Exhibit Design to Guatemalan natives in NYC, followed by interviewing them and hearing their intake on what we have done.

Even though we were asked not to pick an artwork that we worked on, I found very interesting the voiceover of the artist in Guatemala. While doing the translation I was able to feel a connection with them. Yet, I feel that this audio would have a greater impact on its audience if the public were able to see the facial expression of each of the artist. The artist tone of voice convey emotion and the words coming out of their mouth transports you to the time and location of the event. As filmed documentary student, I believe that the best way to understand one culture is by visualizing it yourself.

As Brenda stated, in her article “Getting to great ideas: Brenda’s fab five activities for fearless exhibit designers”, See the Story around you”. She gives the sample of a Bodega (Convenience store). She sees these small groceries stores “as if it were a person sharing a story about its neighborhood, incorporate objects, juxtaposition. Content and a deep awareness of visitor experience”, I believe this was accomplished with the Guatemalan dishes such as the atol and tacos. However, the emotional aspect of the exhibit was missing.

Overall with food, videos and quilts the exhibition design was able to illustrate how Guatemalan communities share the same story, culture or experience. Yet, I feel that the gallery leaves too many unanswered questions. The whole purpose of an Exhibition design is to provoke and emotional impact and educated its audience. I believe this could have been accomplished even more if more people from the Guatemalan community were involved in the project. Perhaps, if there were more images on the wall, or if the posters were bigger and all the videos had sound (voice).

Bodega “See the story around you”

Katerine Vasquez

Guatemala Despues

February 23, 2015

Exhibition design have a huge impact in the way  human beings observe, study and interpret history, cultures, people and life overall. Exhibition design is a conjunction of colors, forms, and concepts that once is put together it educated its viewers. As Brenda stated, in her article “Getting to great ideas: Brenda’s fab five activities for fearless exhibit designers”, “there’s no right or wrong answers, there’s no right or wrong questions”. In this article she points out the following points:

  1.  Start with questions, not answers
  2. See the story around you
  3. Look at the audiences
  4. Brainstorm I teams of equals
  5. Design the intangible.

Each of the aforementioned topics are essential when putting together an Exhibition Design, yet the one that etched to me the most was “See the Story around you”. She gives the sample of a Bodega (Convenience store).  She sees these small groceries stores “as if it were a person sharing a story about its neighborhood, incorporate objects, juxtaposition. Content and a deep awareness of visitor experience”, and this is true. I am from the Dominican Republic, in every block there is a “Colmado/Bogeda”. Here you will find everything you would buy at the supermarket but in smaller portions. The “Colmado/Bogeda” is also a place where you will come across a neighbor, friend or family member. People often take advantage of this encounter to have brief conversation with such individual you have not seen in couple days. People from the community also use the Colmado/Bogeda as their hang out place. There is always music playing and people playing board/card games.  The first time I traveled to New York I felt like I was back home when I saw a Bodega. The replica of Colmado/Bogeda was exactly the same. I was able to hear the same music playing, buy the same foods and speaking the same language.

Overall with colors, forms and concept the exhibition designer should illustrate how a particular group of people share the same story, culture or experience. At the same time an exhibition design should not leave any questions unanswered to its views. The whole purpose of an Exhibition design is to provoke and emotional impact and educated its audience. This is what Brenda illustrates in her article “Getting to great ideas: Brenda’s fab five activities for fearless exhibit designers”.

ColmadoBodega

KATERINE M. VASQUEZ

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Hello everyone, my name is Katerine Vasquez but most people call me “Kat”

I’m a journalist, currently working on obtaining my MA in media studies. I have a BA in Broadcast Journalism.

I’m all about being in front of the camera; traveling and writing about my experience in those places I go to visit. I’m also a Christian so I tend to look at things from a Christian angle, but also from a practical and humanitarian point of view. As part of my hubby and vacation time, I love doing missionary work in different parts of the world. By far I’ve been to Canada, France, Colombia, Peru, Panama, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Brazil and Uganda. I enjoy going to third world countries where I’m able to develop a personal relationship with the people that I meet. I enjoy putting together documentaries and films that can educate those who are not aware of the poverty in other countries.

I took this class because I know many people from Guatemala, I was eager to know more about their country after hearing their experience with governmental issues, poverty and violence. Guatemala is also a place I would like to visit, research about Guatemalan’s life style and document about just like the other countries I’ve been to.