Protocinema presents a public program of artist talks, discussions, a film screening, and walkthroughs to accompany Now That We Have Established A Common Ground. The first event will be a conversation between the artist Orlee Malka and curator Lila Nazemian, on the artist's works within the show and how she engages with movements of restitution within the fields of archeology and ethnography. The event will be on Zoom, it will be recorded and available later on Protocinema channels.

Orlee Malka (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist living in New York. Her conceptual and collaborative work considers the possibilities of art-making within forms of collapse. In fieldwork to the unconsoled (2018), Malka examines issues of excavation practices and museum restitution. This ongoing project consists of objects, replicas, readings, and experiments that are informed by practices of remembering and witnessing. Recent and forthcoming projects include: Now That We Have Established A Common Ground, Protocinema and The Clemente, New York (2022); Legacy Trilogy: Future Edition, ArteEast (2021); At The Looting Hand of Imperialism - Still Lives and Museum Anxiety, a lecture as part of a seminar at the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability program at Columbia University (2019); and no, not here, Mom's gallery, New York (2019). Malka received her MFA from Columbia University in 2018 and was among the inaugural fellows of the 2018-2019 Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program in New York. Malka is a professor at the School of the Arts, Columbia University.

Lila Nazemian (she/her) is an independent curator and the Special Projects Curator at ArteEast in New York. Her research and curatorial practice are focused on reimagining approaches to early modern history from the SWANASA region in an effort to counter-narrative revisionism and collective amnesia. Recent curatorial projects include: "A Few In Many Places in New York," Protocinema, Governors Island New York, (2021); "I open my eyes and see myself under a tree laden with fruit that I cannot name," Center for Book Arts, New York (2020); "On Echoes of Invisible Hearts: Image Making and Popular Archiving in Times of Unrest," Station Beirut, (2019); "On Echoes of Invisible Hearts: Narratives of Yemeni Displacement," Poetry Project, Berlin (2018); and "Spheres of Influence," Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (2016). She received a B.A. in History from Scripps College, California; and an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from NYU, New York. She was a QAYYEM 2019 Curatorial Fellow, was among the inaugural participants of the 2018-2019 Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program in New York, and participated in ICI’s 2018 Curatorial Intensive in Bangkok.