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Award winning multimedia artist and writer Carolina Pfister has worked with media, art organizations, and co-founded youth serving nonprofits in both Brazil and the USA. She received an emerging Latina Filmmakers Award from Women in Film, was a recent mentee with Writer to Writer AWP’s Mentorship Program, and had formative experiences in music. Carolina is currently editing her non-fiction debut, a Brazilian-American perspective on love and belonging built around a road trip with new lover in tow. Blending cultural criticism and genre-bending memoir, How You Become a Bastard explores notions of legitimacy—as women, as citizens of a place, in how we love, and what we make. Twenty years into an immigration and a marriage—and disassembling both—Pfister maps a fierce cartography of multicultural in-betweenness and the shame we’re taught is ours to carry. 

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Carolina (que era Carol no Brasil) é artista-escritora multicultural e diretora de ONG no noroeste Norte Americano. No Brasil e nos EUA, trabalhou profissionalmente com mídia, organizações de arte, e fundou organizações focada em jovens. Carolina recebeu o prêmio "Emergent Latina Filmmakers" da Women in Film, acaba de terminar uma mentoria com a Association of Writers & Writing Programs, e teve experiências formativas tocando em bandas. Carolina está atualmente editando seu primeiro livro, uma perspectiva brasileira-americana sobre amor e pertencimento construída em torno de uma viagem com um novo amante. Combinando crítica cultural e livro de memórias, How You Become a Bastard explora noções de legitimidade –como mulheres, como cidadãs de um lugar, na forma como amamos, e em nossa arte. Desmontando vinte anos de imigração casamento, Carolina mapeia uma cartografia multicultural.

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ARTIST TIMELINE

2020-23 Artist Residency Hypatia-in-the-Woods; Mentee with Writer to Writer AWP’s Mentorship Program 

2019 Artist Residency Caldera Community; Artist Talk: ScaleHouse Voices; Third Coast International Audio Festival & Conference Volunteer Cohort

​2018 Artist Residency Caldera

​2017 Grant: Oregon Regional Arts and Culture Council Project (Interview)

2016 Motherhood Magazine: Motherhood is not a gap on my resume, Planet Drum: Worldviews 

2013-14 Screenings by invitation: Indie Festival, Matilha Cultural and Cinemateca Brasileira (São Paulo, Brazil), Reciprocity, Blackwater Records (USA); Official Selections: Chicago International Movies and Film Festival, In-Edit Brasil, CBGB Festival, Curitiba International Film Festival, 7˚ Festival CineMúsica; Award: Silver Documentary Feature at JamFest Film Fest

2001-05 Miranda July Chainletter Tape; Award: Women in Film Emerging Latina Filmmaker, Chicago Emmy Outstanding Achievement for Informational Programming; Screenings: Chicago Women's Film Festival, Chicago Anarchist Film Festival

2001 Segment producer for Public Television

2000 MFA Teaching Assistant Full Scholarship

90's Art Director for MTV Brasil + music + zines + films

NONPROFIT TIMELINE

2018 - ongoing: Executive Director for CultureSeed, a nonprofit in the Columbia Gorge, the largest national scenic area in the United States and a rural region with pronounced economic disparities. CultureSeed offers youth free and ongoing Outdoor Immersion and Mental Health. 

2011-13 Communications Director for Mozambique based Permaculture Reference Center

2008-10 Communications Director & Food Security Program Coordinator for Chicago based international relief NPO

2006-07 Co-founder & Executive Director for youth cultural center; Volunteer co-founder farmer's market; Signature Leadership Evanston Program Scholarship

2002-05 Art Educator for Milwaukee NPO

90's  - Art Educator for the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo (BR)​

 

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≈≈ burning houses on homepage by @tomasspicolli

≈≈ portrait by Salton Sea by @andrew_kuykendall_gallery

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