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Feeling in Pieces: Fafnir Adamites & Ilya Vidrin in Conversation

Header Image: Ilya Vidrin and partner, “Otherwise”, work in progress, 2020 (left) & Fafnir Adamites, fragment from “The Presence of Absence”, cotton thread and hydrostone, 2018 (right)

How can creative practice offer indirect ways of grappling with experience and intergenerational trauma? How might visual and performing artists render the invisible salient, beyond literal forms of representation?

Join Gallery 360 exhibiting artist Fafnir Adamites, and CAMD post-doc performer, educator and researcher, Ilya Vidrin, as they reflect on their practices, processes and teaching in this lunchtime talk moderated by Center for the Arts Director, Amy Halliday. Learn more about each of the artists and our moderator below.

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The Speakers


Fafnir Adamites holds an MFA degree from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Photography and Women’s Studies from UMass Amherst. Fafnir is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Fibers Program at Indiana University, Bloomington. They also teach at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program and Women’s Studio Workshop. They live in Turners Falls, MA.


Dr. Ilya Vidrin is a performer, educator, and researcher at the intersection of performing arts, philosophy, and interactive media. Born into a refugee family, Dr. Vidrin’s research and artistic practice interrogates the complex ethics of human interaction, including the embodiment of empathy, cultural competence, and social responsibility. He is an alum of Northeastern, where he pursued undergraduate studies in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience. He completed graduate work in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard University, and a doctorate in Performing Arts at Coventry University in the United Kingdom.


Amy Halliday is a curator, educator, and writer from South Africa with over a decade of experience working in public and university art museums. She has an MA in Teaching from Smith College, an MA in Art History from University College London (UCL), and a lifelong passion for teaching and learning, first kindled by teaching study abroad Art History in the town squares, churches, and museums of Florence, Italy. She has particular expertise in global contemporary art; interdisciplinary curatorial practice; art and social change; object-based inquiry and pedagogies; and public engagement and programming in the arts.