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.
Above: South East Hertfordshire Bird-Watchers, Holkham, 2008 © Simon Roberts
© Bert Danckaert
Created in Rouen in 2002 at the initiative of French photographer Charles Fréger, Piece of Cake, comprises of European and North American artists. Our purpose is to enable these artists to interact as they create, produce, and distribute their works. A major part of POC’s activity includes regular workshops. Four are held each year, two in Europe and two in North America. Format Festival plays host to the current European workshop and several POC artists present a selection of their work here.
© Friederike von Rauch
Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk
Friederike von Rauch
Patrícia Almeida & David-Alexandre Guéniot
© Seba Kurtis
The exhibition takes place in Darley Mill and shares a space with Derventio – a working independent micro brewery. As a unique offer to festival visitors, ale is available to buy on request every day throughout the exhibition (except for 16, 23 & 31 March)