TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image

In Conversation: William Camargo, Giancarlo Montes Santangelo, and Tiffany Smith – Virtual

October 19, 2022
6pm EST
Free to the public

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William Camargo, Giancarlo Montes Santangelo, and Tiffany Smith, TILT’s 2022 AIR Program recipients, will be in conversation to share their experiences during the residency, focusing on the distinct approaches they used to incorporate archival material within their respective practices relative to their cultural backgrounds, defining what it means to create work through queer and feminist lenses, and providing personal reflection on how they have managed to navigate their existence as artists at a moment when uncertainity has come to define our day-to-day lives.

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About The Artists

Tiffany Smith


Tiffany Smith (she/her) is an Interdisciplinary Artist from the Caribbean diaspora working between photography, video, installation, and design to define spaces and experiences that oscillate between the roles of visitor and native and parse the definition of home. Using plant matter, design elements, patterning and costuming as cultural signifiers, Smith creates photographic portraits, site responsive installations, user engaged experiences, and assemblages informed by researching histories of representation, experiences of cultural ambiguity, and themes of displacement. Smith’s practice centers on what forms and defines communities of people of color, in particular; how they are identified and represented, and how they persist. Smith earned her B.F.A. in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design and her M.FA. in Photo/Video from School of Visual Arts. She is currently based in Brooklyn, NY,  teaches photography at Pratt, ICP and FIT, and recently completed a solo exhibition at The Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Giancarlo Montes Santangelo

Giancarlo Montes Santangelo, native of the DC Metropolitan area, creates photographs and collages in an effort to map histories of colonialism, violence, queerness, and spirituality. Collaged photographs bring together the artist’s own body and staged scenes against archival images.. In 2019, Giancarlo exhibited his photographs alongside Paul Mpagi Sepuya as part of the Whitney Biennial. In 2020, he published his first monograph, “Improvising Sight Lines” with Monolith Editions – a book that weaves together images and writing and is held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MoMA. Giancarlo was recently awarded the Aperture x Google Creator Labs Photo Fund and completed a residency with Tangent Projects.

William Camargo


William Camargo is a photo-based artist and educator born and raised in Anaheim, California. He is currently the Chair of the Heritage and Culture commission in Anaheim and a lecturer in photography at the University of California San Diego. He attained his M.F.A from Claremont Graduate University, a BFA from Cal State Fullerton, and an AA at Fullerton Community College. William is the founder and curator of Latinx Diaspora Archives, an archive Instagram page that elevates communities of color through family photos. 

He uses photography, installation, public interventions, and archives to address issues of gentrification, Chicanx/Latinx histories in a city. William has held residencies at the Latinx Project at NYU, Light Work in Syracuse, NY,  TILT institute for Contemporary Image in Philadelphia and upcoming at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY. He was a runner-up for the Aperture Portfolio Prize 2021 and was included in the Latinx edition of Aperture Magazine in the Winter of 2022.

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