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.
Throughout the duration of the exhibition, Aperture and For Freedoms, along with the participating collectives, will host a series of activities to unite artists, photographers, activists, and the broader community.
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
As a follow-up to this exhibition, For Freedoms and Aperture ask you, as global citizens, to participate in 2017 Aperture Summer Open: On Freedom. Our annual open-submission exhibition seeks to reveal and report on critical themes and trends driving international contemporary photographic practice. This year, we ask you to answer the call for images that “address or express one of these four vital freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.” Submit your work, let your voice be heard.