Summer Institute Open Studio 2022. Photo: Daisy Wu

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present:

Summer Institute 2024: Cartography of  Emotions

led by faculty Irene Campolmi

July 15 – 27, 2024

Established in 2009, The Summer Institute is a free, international artist research program for professional artists and cultural workers in all disciplines and media. Each year, we invite artists that are critically leading conversations in their field to lead a two week Summer Institute. Each iteration of the Summer Institute invites participants to expand upon their own interests and projects and includes opportunities to work in a collaborative peer-to-peer environment through group activities, guest lectures, and workshops.

This year’s iteration of The Summer Institute, Cartography of Emotions, will be led by curator Irene Campolmi with guest faculty Samara Sallam and Linda Lamignan. It will run from July 15th to July 28th, 2024.

Cartography of Emotions expands on those aspects central to the exhibition A Place of Memory: Contexts of Existence, thus reflecting on the notion of context: what it is, what it means, and how it creates the conditions for artists to manifest new views of the world we live in, by creating art that generates a feeling similar to the ‘overview effect’- the effect experienced by astronauts when, up in the space, they are able to get an overview of Earth in its totality, and see humanity . A context is a field of interactions, understood as both a physical, geographically located place and a series of emotional, social, and political events occurring at a specific moment in time. In both cases, a context defines the spatial and temporal coordinates in our collective memory where an individual’s story merges, for a moment, with history writ large.

The Summer Institute brings into play three key figures of this show, the curator Irene Campolmi and the featured artists, Samara Sallam and Linda Lamignan, working together as faculty members. The sessions will investigate various aspects: from decolonizing cartography, to looking as objects, food and materials as ancestral presences testifying untold or forgotten histories and learning to use hypnosis as a tool to enter in contact with a more conscious connection to the world.

We will learn how to recognize, value and draw one’s emotional map to navigate the landscapes where one has travelled, or been forced to travel, across different geographical locations, often longing for their context of origin, sometimes belonging to spots where they stopped while in transit. 

There is no fee to participate in Cartography of Emotions but Summer Institute participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations while in Winnipeg.


Applications are due by 5pm CDT May 20, 2024.

Spots are limited and applicants will be notified of their results by June 2024.


Currently Senior Curator for International Projects at KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces, Irene Campolmi has worked as a curator and researcher at international and Danish art institutions for the past 14 years, including theEstonia Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, TANK Museum, Musée d’art de Joliette, The Power Plant, Muséed’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul, MAAT, Walk&Talk,and Kunsthal Charlottenborg. In 2021, she won the Bikuben Foundation’s Vision Award with Copenhagen Contemporary for Yet, it Moves! Campolmi holds an MA in Art History and Museology from the University of Florence and was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute.

Samara Sallam, a stateless Palestinian born in Damascus in 1991, has trained as a visual artist, a journalist, and a hypnotherapist. In her life and career, she has found different forms of expression, including filmmaking, performance, herbalism, and coding, to translate the experience of rootlessness and to present the violence of political exclusion and the poetics of living, seeing, and feeling life beyond its denial.

Linda Lamignan is a non-gender-identified artist, born in Norway to a Nigerian family, and currently based in Denmark. Their practice unfolds through sculpture, performance, film, sound, and lyrics that they write, compose, and perform. As they look into how people, plants, fruits, and inorganic elements are frequently subject to being taken away from their place of origin and forced to recontextualize elsewhere, their work usually unfolds through several chapters that compose a more extensive body of work, usually titled after a poem, a lyric, or a book.


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