CRIA Creating Independent and Artistic Networks
Buenos Aires ~ Argentina
Creating Independent and Artistic Networks (CRIA) is a transdisciplinary nonprofit association, based in Buenos Aires. Composed of individuals, groups and cultural spaces, whose purpose is to promote projects aimed at transforming society. The associative work is based on the building of platforms that are organized into networks, to enrich the research, knowledge and practical experimentation in various formats such as: public space, interventions, conferences, Web sites,exhibitions, workshops, publications, audiovisual, etc.
CRIA network is composed of each participating collective’s individual network. Each associated member shares its cultural, institutional and funding networks in order to articulate collectively in a common cartography. For example the associated members coming from the fold of independent editorials and books production/distribution provide a concrete network composed of libraries, literary collectives and spaces and the FLIA (independent book fair).
The association was founded in 2011 on the tenth anniversary of the Argentine crisis of 2001. It emerged from a common need to unite forces, knowledge and experiences amongst the various groups and individuals who have been using a combination of social and artistic strategies in their work in the years since 2001. In this context, the cultural groups decided to form an association in order to share resources and circulation, coordinating our work and supporting the most pressing causes.
Since then CRIA has run and supported diverse socially engaged projects and initiatives based on experimental artistic practices, and against paternalism. As a “collective of collectives”, CRIA accompanies campaigns from diverse social groups and communities, whether in the cultural sector or in other areas. What unites us is a need to establish independent, critical artistic networks: through art we formulate practices and experiences.
In recent years CRIA network has helped to maintain, sustain and grow various associated collective projects, such as exhibitions, festivals and publications. This is why CRIA has such a wide audience. Likewise, the network has helped to considerably expand the audiences of each of the individual collectives involved and to develop new links with individuals and institutions that have approached or supported their activities. During the first years the association based its work on constructing an identity and structure able to contain the different focus areas. Between 2012-2013 we obtained the legal figure to receive international support and funding.