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CDS Undergraduate Education Director to Give Talk at Studio-X in Istanbul, Turkey

 Studio-X, Istanbul, Turkey

Studio-X, Istanbul, Turkey

Christopher Sims, undergraduate education director at the Center for Documentary Studies and Lecturing Fellow in the Documentary Arts, will give an artist’s talk in Turkey on December 12 at 7 p.m. The lecture, “The Built Environments of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the ‘Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan’,” will be hosted by Studio-X. The talk is free and open to the public.

Saturday, December 12, 7 p.m.
Studio-X Istanbul
Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi 35A
34427 Istanbul, Turkey

Studio-X is a global network of advanced research laboratories for exploring the future of the built environment. With locations in the downtown cores of New York, Beijing, Amman, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Tokyo and now Istanbul, it forms a new kind of architecture for real-time sharing of projects, people and ideas. Studio-X Istanbul is energized by this architecture of sharing, and seeks to return the favor by stimulating and inspiring the local, regional and global communities. It generates new modes of thinking about the most urgent issues facing our shared world. Studio-X Istanbul is an off-campus event space and urban futures think tank run by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP).

Christopher Sims is the undergraduate educator director at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) and a Lecturing Fellow in Documentary Arts. He has an undergraduate degree in history from Duke University, a master’s degree in visual communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a MFA in studio art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has worked as a photo archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and, at CDS, has coordinated the exhibition, awards, and web programs. His most recent exhibitions include shows at SF Camerawork, the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Houston Center for Photography, the Light Factory, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. His project about Guantanamo Bay was featured in The Washington Post, the BBC World Service, Roll Call, and Flavorwire. He is represented by Ann Stewart Fine Art in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Civilian Art Projects in Washington, D.C., and Clark Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. He was selected as the recipient of the Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers in 2010 and named one of the “new Superstars of Southern Art” by Oxford American magazine in 2012.

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