Amalia Mesa-Bains is an internationally renowned artist, scholar, and curator. Throughout her career, she has expanded audiences’ understanding of Latinx artists’ references to spiritual practices and vernacular traditions through her altar installations, articles, and exhibitions. Her work has been shown at institutions such as LACMA, the MFA Houston, the New Museum, and the Whitney Museum, and at international venues in Colombia, England, France, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and Venezuela. In 1992 Mesa-Bains was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. As a cultural critic, she coauthored, along with bell hooks, Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism. Mesa-Bains cofounded and directed the Visual and Public Art Department at Cal State Monterey Bay, where she is now professor emerita.
Trinh T. Minh-ha is a world-renowned independent filmmaker, writer, music composer, feminist, and postcolonial theorist. Throughout her innovative and experimental body of work, Trinh has engaged deeply with questions of representation, documentation, memory, and culture across the arts. Her work includes nine books, four large-scale multimedia installations, and nine feature-length films, among them Reassemblage (1982), Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989), and her most recent film, What About China? (2021). Trinh’s work has been featured in numerous retrospectives and exhibitions around the world, including at Documenta, the Guangzhou Art Triennial, Manifesta, the Musée du Quai Branly, and the 2022 Whitney Biennial. Trinh is a Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School in the departments of rhetoric and women's studies at UC Berkeley.