Aperture, Collective Thinking For Freedoms
Opening: Wednesday, February 22, 6-8:30pm
Aperture has invited the artist-run super PAC, For Freedoms, to curate and implement an improvisational exhibition and series of dialogues that investigates the photographic collective as a model for responsive artistic production.
This two-week project will feature live events that bring together several active photography communities to discuss the practices, benefits, and methodologies of collectivity, while focusing on the question of what defines “the political” in art-making today. The photographic collective is a form intended to amplify the individual voice and to provide a forum for artistic feedback and critique. Is the act of creating dialogue in and of itself political? Can diverse creative communities be inclusive while remaining coherent? What is there to learn from each other? How can an art space become, like a collective, a vehicle for dialogue? Each collective is invited to contribute a visual prompt for discussion and selected works to be presented in the space; the main propulsion for this activity, however, will be a series of in-person activities including meet-ups, salon-style conversations, and other events.
The collectives included in the exhibition are EverydayClimateChange, Invisible Borders, Kamoinge, Piece of Cake, Rawi(ya), and WRRQ.
ForFreedoms Event: Saturday, February 25 (tentative date), all-day publishing event.
Piece of Cake Beer & Books & Bingo, Friday, March 3, 6-9pm (open to public).
Piece of Cake sharing/critique all-day workshop with NYC-area MFA students: Saturday, March 4
Collective Round-table Discussion with For Freedoms – discussion about collectives: Wednesday, March 8, 6:30-8:30
This is the opportunity for the collectives to come together in a public conversation about collectives.