Fati Beck is our Getty Marrow Undergraduate Curatorial Intern this summer. This is their last week at 18th Street Arts Center! We asked them to share a reflection on their experience this summer and plans for the future. Read their thoughts below:
Hi y’all! If you don’t know me, I’m Fati Beck, the Getty Marrow Curatorial Programs intern for 2021. My pronouns are they/them/theirs. You may have heard from me via email or seen me at a Creative Round Table! As of May, I am a recent graduate of Loyola Marymount University where I studied Studio Arts with a focus in Multimedia Arts. I consider myself an ‘Artivist’ as the beauty that I find in the arts is how they can heal, advocate, and give voice to those who have been silenced.
My internship has been wonderfully vast. I primarily aid Frida in Exhibitions and Artist Relations, however I have also gotten a taste of Communications, through graphic design and event marketing, and Programs, through Creative Round Tables and Gallery Tours! COVID-19 has impacted my internship in that my internship is fully remote, and as such I have not had as much interaction with artists in person, but Bailiwik and our online events have given me the opportunity to know them nonetheless!
My ideal career would be that of a Healer for marginalized identities, especially BIPOC and LGBTQ+. This could take many forms be it through Art Therapy, Mediation, Social Practice, and beyond, and at the moment, while I am job hunting I am figuring out what my next step towards that is! I choose this because I am an empathetic person who is passionate about community, and being an activist and advocate for my own communities that experience trauma. I see arts as one path to this, and the arts are near and dear to my heart, so I would like to combine these two passions.
I learned so much during my time with 18th Street Arts Center. I learned what working with a team remotely is like, and how smooth it can be with the right team. I learned more about working one-on-one with a community of artists, which has been beautiful. I also developed many connections with organizations, individuals, communities, fellow interns, artistic practices, and beyond. This has been an invaluable experience, and I want to thank you all for everything! I will keep in touch. :)