Video: Interpreting [Interrupting] Youth: Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa | Shit-Baby and the Crumpled Giraffe & Przemek Pyszczek | Białystok

On Sunday, June 10, 2018 five youth presented a series of short video’s as part of Plug In ICA’s Interpreting [Interrupting] Youth program. These videos are created by the youth as their interpretations of our spring exhibitions Shit-Baby and the Crumpled Giraffe by Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa and Białystok by Przemek Pyszczek.

Starting at 3pm, participants Cameron Armstrong, Jand Avila, Raven Ferguson, Danielle Sneesby and youth mentor, Crista Ordonez along with Just TV mentor Renier Dumadag showed their short interpretive videos produced by them in collaboration with Plug In ICA, Just TV and the Broadway Neighborhood Center.

The screening offered a visual reflection of the youth’s collective and individual experiences of Shit-Baby and the Crumpled Giraffe and Białystok and marks the culmination of an intensive four weeks of meeting, working, and thinking together about the exhibitions; and about video as an interpretive mode.

The event began with a short reception in the gallery, from 3-3:30pm followed by a screening and panel discussion with IIY participants moderated by Assistant Curator Sarah Nesbitt at 3:30pm.

Interpreting [Interrupting] Youth is designed for youth ages 16 to 24. The program reverses a pre-existing interpretive model used within arts institutions that often produce short videos as educational devices. These often include interviews with artists or curators, images of artworks and installation shots; they often reference artists’ biographies, previous artworks, and at times, glimpse into artists’ studios. These videos are usually presented online or within the gallery or museum in close proximity to the artworks, and tend to place an emphasis on the artist’s and institution’s intention over the experience of the viewer.

The “Interpreting [Interrupting] Youth” program inversely begins with the youth’s experience of the artwork, challenging conventional models of art interpretation by overturning basic roles of authority and authorship.

For more information about this and other education programs, please contact Sarah Nesbitt at For general information please contact: or call 1.204.942.1043.

We give special thanks to Just TV for their dedicated and expert partnership.

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council.

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Related exhibitions:
Przemek Pyszczek: Białystok
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa: Shit-Baby and The Crumpled Giraffe