Collective Thinking, For Freedoms
Wednesday, February 22
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join Aperture and For Freedoms for the opening reception of Collective Thinking, For Freedoms.
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.
February 25, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | Collective Workday: Poster and Sign Making
March 1, 6:00–10:00 p.m. | The Visual Resistance Forum
March 3, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | Photobooks and Beer
March 4, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | Collective Thinking: Sharing Work and Ideas
March 8, 6:30–8:00 p.m. | Collective Thinking: Roundtable Discussion
The collectives included in the exhibition are EverydayClimateChange, Invisible Borders, Kamoinge, Piece of Cake, Rawi(ya), and WRRQ.
As a follow-up to this exhibition, For Freedoms and Aperture ask you, as global citizens, to participate in the 2017 Aperture Summer Open: On Freedom.