From her 2016 talk at the American Institute for Conservation’s Annual Meeting, to teaching her students how to interrogate an object in person, to her Untold Stories project, Balachandran has thought critically about the role of conservators. In this epsiode, Balachandran talks about her early formative experiences in the field of conservation and how whether or not someone’s history is worth preserving is a deeply political decision.
00:14: Sanchita Balachandran
00:30: What Does a Conservator Do?
03:10: Early Formative Experiences
03:35: The Needs of Objects
05:35: Race, Diversity and Politics in Conservation: Our 21st Century Crisis
10:30: Objects vs. Data