On the High Wall: Amir Sheikh and Tatiana Garmendia

August 1 - 4, 2019

Amir Sheikh is a transdisciplinary urban environmental researcher, curator, and collaboration builder. He utilizes the tools of anthropology, geography, environmental science, and historical inquiry to examine critical questions about our relationships to landscapes, and their deeply intertwined cultural and natural resources.

He is a Curatorial Associate at the Burke Museum at the University of Washington where he is a team leader for The Waterlines Project and consults for cultural resource projects. In addition, he is Affiliate Faculty at the University of Washington-Bothell where he is a program manager for the newly minted People’s Geography of Seattle Project. Previously, at the University of Washington, he contributed to a range of geospatial environmental modeling and urban planning projects, historical ecology research, and developing place-based curricula bridging the environmental sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

Tatiana Garmendia is a professor of fine arts in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division at Seattle Central College. She has exhibited her work throughout the US, including such venues as The Bronx Museum of Arts, Art In General, and Stux Gallery in New York. Among the European galleries where Garmendia has shown are The Milan Art Center in Italy, Castfield Gallery in England, and the Galeria Riesa Efau in Germany.  Her works are in public collections in Seattle, New York, Washington D.C., Miami, Illinois, California, Ohio, and the Dominican Republic.

Synthesizing formal concerns and a humanist engagement with history and culture, the artist’s figuration occupies fluid boundaries. Born in Cuba at the height of the Cold War and immigrating to the USA as a youth, the artist’s practice deciphers myths, histories, languages, and tropes from different communal fonts. This variability is reflected in her use of interdisciplinarity and hybrid narratives reporting on lived experiences, real and imagined.