About Us

This website is a digital extension of the Barring Freedom exhibition, designed to deepen student and public engagement with the themes raised in the exhibition.

Conceived by Barring Freedom co-curator Alexandra Moore and developed by Abram Stern and Aaron Samuel Mulenga for UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS), the website is the product of the IAS education fellowship program. The IAS education fellowship program provides opportunities and funding for graduate students at UC Santa Cruz to develop public scholarship programs and innovative pedagogical practices around IAS exhibitions and programming.

Our Team

Alexandra Moore, Digital Learning Project Lead & Barring Freedom Co-Curator. Alex is a PhD candidate at UC Santa Cruz in Visual Studies and was the 2018-2020 IAS Curatorial Fellow. Her research looks at the intersection of racial and nationalist violence and ecological damage as seen through contemporary art.

Abram Stern, Web Developer, IAS Graduate Education Fellow. Abram is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Santa Cruz in Film and Digital Media whose work operates on collections of government-produced media and metadata related to surveillance and its oversight, analyzing material produced by public bureaucracies while implicating the apparatuses of sense-making that make this analysis possible.

Aaron Samuel Mulenga, Content Manager, IAS Graduate Education Fellow. Aaron is a PhD student at UC Santa Cruz in History of Art and Visual Studies. His research interests revolve around notions of power as it relates to the control of narratives and cultural heritage (with a focus on Zambian cultures).

Chloe Murr, Project Assistant, IAS Pathways Fellow. Chloe was awarded bachelor's degrees from University of California Santa Cruz in 2020 in History of Art and Visual Culture with highest honors and Studio Arts. Her research and artistic interests include contemporary art, spatial relations, urban ecology and place.

Rebecca Ora, Video Editor, IAS Graduate Education Fellow. Rebecca is a California-based artist, performer, filmmaker and scholar. Her darkly humorous socially-engaged work explores comedy, discomfort, conflict, and the limits of representation of trauma. She holds an MFA from California College of the Arts in Social Practice, and is completing a PhD in Film & Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz.

Rachel Nelson, Advisor, Barring Freedom Co-Curator, Director, Institute of the Arts and Sciences.

Partners & Donors

Barring Freedom is organized by UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences in collaboration with San José Museum of Art and Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery.

Generous supporters include: Nion McEvoy Family Trust, Ford Foundation, Future Justice Fund, Wanda Kownacki, Peter Coha, James L. Gunderson, Rowland and Pat Rebele, Porter College, UCSC Foundation, and annual donors to the Institute of the Arts and Sciences.

Partners include: Howard University School of Law, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, Jessica Silverman Gallery, Indexical, The Humanities Institute, University Library, University Relations, Institute for Social Transformation, Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Porter College, the Center for Cultural Studies, the Center for Creative Ecologies, and Media and Society, Kresge College.