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-led public participatory digital archive to which any artist and activist can preserve and share their work, and anyone with an account can comment on the archive's content. The Amplification Project was founded in 2019 by an international group of artists, archivists, activists, and curators (see Collective Advisory Group/Founding Members below). 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
  • building community, fostering dialogue, and supporting artists' and activists' archiving needs
  • working hand-in-hand with and connecting local, national, and transnational art practices, activist projects, and conversations centered on forced migration issues

How to Participate and Join the Community

  • Submit your artwork or activist project to the archive: Click the Submit Your Work menu tab to submit materials easily (no registration necessary). For more information about submitting, see the Submission 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) 
  • Join our Collective Advisory Group and help manage the archive. For more information, contact us: theamplificationproject@gmail.com 

Collective Advisory Group

Elizabeth Shoshany Anderson (Founding Member) 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 (Project Director, Archivist, Founding Member) 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 interests broadly focus on intersections between archives, contemporary art, and activism, with particular emphasis on documenting and preserving art practice driven by human rights and social justice agendas and using archives as strategies and tools for expressive resistance and community building.

Vukašin Nedeljković: (Founding Member) Vukašin holds a Masters in Visual Arts Practice at Dunlaoghaire Institute of Arts, Design and Technology. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally. His recent contributions include Reiterating Asylum Archive: Documenting Direct Provision in Ireland, (2018) and Asylum Archive: An Archive of Asylum and Direct Provision in Ireland, (2016-2017). He was awarded an Arts and Activism bursary from Arts Council in 2018/2019 and has recently published the monograph, Asylum Archive. He is currently writing a book with Dr. Ronit Lentin on Direct Provision, entitled, Disavowing Asylum: Documenting Ireland’s Asylum Industrial Complex. Vukašin Nedeljković initiated the multidisciplinary project Asylum Archive.

Pinar Öğrenci: (Founding Member) artist and writer (Istanbul and Berlin)

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

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

Contact: theamplificationproject@gmail.com