Emerging Curator 2020 at LACE

Emerging Curator Exhibition Engages Silence as a Tool of Resistance

Interdisciplinary artist Abigail Raphael Collins, selected by a jury to curate the 2020 Emerging Curators exhibition at LACE, explores silence as expression of political resistance. Works by artists and activists engage silence as a way to honor the inarticulable, defy demands of production, prioritize deep listening, and refuse to incriminate. Rather than negating the importance of speaking up, speaking truth to power, or raising our voices, this exhibition treats silence as powerful tool of resistance alongside acts of speech. Work by artists Nikita GaleLawrence Abu HamdanSharon HayesKameelah Janan Rasheed, and Aliza Shvartz, among others, is included, along with historical documentation of silent protests. 

The exhibition, Sound Off, fifth in the Emerging Curator’s series, opens in January 2020.

Collins’ proposal was selected from a field of 45. As panelist Ciara Ennis, director/curator of Pitzer Art Galleries at Pitzer College, stated, “The current instability and urgency of our time demands radical and alternative responses. Abigail Raphael Collins’ curatorial tactic of deploying silence as a political tool for examining trauma and protest seemed like an appropriate and effective approach.” The other panelists in this year’s selection process were artist Samira Yamin, and Hammer Museum assistant curator Erin Christovale.

In Collins’ words, “Listening is central to almost every work in this exhibition, and it's also central to the process of curating it. I’m coming to the artworks and protests with these questions, and listening to their often non-verbal responses: How does silence function in tandem with sounding? How are they interdependent? How is honoring interiority a political act? Can the loss of language we experience when our humanity is denied be held up as a testament of its own? What happens when we listen collectively to those silences? How can this collective reception heal, resist, and shift oppressive power structures? What does an intersectional feminist refusal to speak sound like?“

Abigail Raphael Collins is an interdisciplinary artist who works with video, installation and photography. She draws from from documentary, journalistic, and conceptual practices to reconsider relationships between media and systemic violence from a queer feminist lens. Collins received her MFA from UCLA and BFA from Cooper Union. 

About the Emerging Curator Program - this program is designed to discover curatorial talent in Los Angeles and gives an opportunity for an emerging curator to partner with LACE. Applicants are reviewed by a panel that recommends a compelling project to the LACE team consistent with LACE’s experimental spirit. The next deadline to apply for the program is November 1, 2019 for presentation in early 2021.

Image Credit:  Nikita Gale,   Interceptor,  courtesy of Martos Gallery and 56 Henry.

Image Credit: Nikita Gale, Interceptor, courtesy of Martos Gallery and 56 Henry.

Shandanken Residency in August

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In tandem with Shandaken Projects, the sculpture paradise has announced the 15 artists selected for the annual Shandaken: Storm King residency program, which awards artists housing and studio space from June 3 through September 22.

“Each year’s group of residents approaches Storm King in new and innovative ways, and every individual adds to our community,” said Storm King senior curator, Nora Lawrence, who served on the selection panel for the program, in a release. “We are thrilled to continue supporting artists through this partnership.” This is the program’s fifth anniversary.

The other members of the selection committee were Kenyon Adams, director of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, New York; artist and residency alumna Ellie Krakow; and Nicholas Weist, founding director of Shandaken Projects.

The artists selected are:
Shobun Baile
Abigail Raphael Collins
Joshua Escobar
Dalaeja Foreman
Tia-Simone Gardner
Shoghig Halajian
Ellie Hunter
Megan Mi-Ai Lee
Catalina Ouyang
Kamau Amu Patton
Estefania Puerta
Anni Puolakka
Pallavi Sen
Elizabeth Shores
Dean Spade
Romily Alice Walden

Visiting Faculty at Arts Research Cooperative

Looking forward to meeting with students at the Arts Research Cooperative in its inaugural summer! 

More info here

The Arts Research Cooperative [ARC] is an interdisciplinary program that brings together artists, curators, writers and other cultural producers. The ARC serves an immediate need for practitioners by providing a space for collaborative learning and exchange in an art world that is increasingly market-driven. The Arts Research Cooperative emphasizes the relationship between labor, theory, and practice, and encourages projects that are socially, historically, and politically grounded. We recognize the role of educational institutions in supporting artists and cultural producers who make work without immediate commercial value. As such, we are invested in supporting a range of non-material, discursive and research-based art practices.

The first session of ARC will take place from July 2nd – August 10, 2018 in Los Angeles.

 

Production Values with Arts Research Cooperative

Armory Center for the Arts in collaboration with the Arts Research Cooperative presents Production Values:

Maura Brewer, The Surface of Mars , 2016, single-channel video with sound, TRT 12:31, dimensions variable, image courtesy the artist.

Maura Brewer, The Surface of Mars , 2016, single-channel video with sound, TRT 12:31, dimensions variable, image courtesy the artist.

Production Values is a video screening featuring artists who investigate ways that popular culture normalizes state violence. Using their own proximity to media as a tool, the five artists in this screening each use different strategies to lay bare a violence that is often masked by entertainment. Combining humor, appropriation, essayistic digressions, and strategies borrowed from documentary film, these works ask viewers to reconsider our own role in our mediatized landscape. What could it look like to resist this normalization? How can the ways we look shift? What does resistance look like on the couch, in the living room, in the movie theater?

Maura Brewer, The Surface of Mars , 2016
The Surface of Mars is a 2016 video essay that takes Ridley Scott’s 2015 film The Martian as a site of analysis. Combining appropriated footage, animation, and voiceover narration, The Surface of Mars follows the actress Jessica Chastain in her roles in The Martian, Zero Dark Thirty, and Interstellar.

Maura Brewer’s video essays combine footage from Hollywood films, television and internet subcultures to question ways in which female subjects are mobilized and constrained by a mainstream culture that mimes the language of feminism in the service of patriarchy. Brewer has exhibited internationally, including MoMA and Art in General in New York; MCA, Chicago; MUMOK, Vienna; and the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève. She is a 2017 California Community Foundation Fellow, and a 2016 and 2018 Creative Economic Development Fund grantee.

Abigail Collins, Out of Play (episodes 1 and 2) , 2017
Out of Play captures military training exercises within Medina Wasl at Fort Irwin Training Center, interspersed with footage of film set fabricators and audio clips of interviews with an Iraqi role player. Culminating in a conversation between the artist and her father -- an actor who has played military figures in film and television productions -- Collins investigates the weight of role-play, political trauma, and cultural production.

Abigail Raphael Collins is an interdisciplinary artist utilizing documentary, journalistic, and conceptual practices to reconsider relationships between media and systemic violence. Recent exhibitions include Angels Gate Cultural Center, PØST, Torrance Art Museum, and USC Station Gallery, all in the greater Los Angeles area, and at the Yeosu International Art Festival. She is the recipient of the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship and a UCIRA grant, and is a former resident at Seoul Art Space Geumcheon.

Vishal Jugdeo, An Education in the Logic of the Leaves, 2014
An Education in the Logic of the Leaves was made in 2014, in collaboration with Shyaam Kaara, an actor who had recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film. This film is edited from a series of conversations between the actor and artist, and is intercut with footage shot in India, Guyana, and Los Angeles.

Vishal Jugdeo is a filmmaker and artist whose work constructs experimental approaches to narrative and documentary, weaving together strategies from a variety of modes of film and television. His work often emphasizes the physical and psychical space around moving images, revealing the mediated process through which we understand the unfolding present. He is based in Los Angeles.

Paul Pescador, Greetings Friends, 2017
Greetings Friends is a full-length essay film titled after a Disney Studio produced film. In 1941 the United States government created the Office of Inter-American Affairs, stemmed from a growing concern of potential Nazi infiltration in Latin America. In Greeting Friends, Pescador reconsiders these films and their relationship between cultural diplomacy and colonialism.

Paul Pescador is an artist, filmmaker, performer, and writer discussing social interactions and intimacy as they pertain to his own personal identity and history. He graduated with an MFA from University of California, Irvine and a BA from University of Southern California. Select exhibitions and screenings in the greater Los Angeles area include 18 Street Art Center; 5 Car Garage; gallery1993; Coastal/Borders, Getty Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA at Angels Gate Cultural Center; LAND at The Gamble House; Vacancy; Ashes/Ashes; Park View; and Human Resources.

Sable Elyse Smith, How We Tell Stories to Children , 2015
How We Tell Stories to Children is a single-channel video that combines found footage, music clips, and audio of the artist reading with video clips of her father recording himself from prison. Focal points occur just offscreen, or quickly flash away. We are given glimpses of a young man running, of city streets flying past from out a car window, but the video centers on clips of her father recounting events in their shared past.

Sable Elyse Smith is a writer and artist based in New York. In her practice she examines the complex language and emotional landscapes embedded in systems of surveillance and structures of constraint, and the often invisible ways in which they shape our minds and direct our bodies. Smith is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Recent solo exhibitions include How We Tell stories to Children at the Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA, Ordinary Violence at the Queens Museum, New York and a nd then the street lights - like a warning bell at Recess, Brooklyn.

*This screening is presented in collaboration with The Arts Research Cooperative [ARC], an interdisciplinary program that brings together artists, curators, writers and other cultural producers. The ARC serves an immediate need for practitioners by providing a space for collaborative learning and exchange in an art world that is increasingly market-driven. The Arts Research Cooperative emphasizes the relationship between labor, theory, and practice, and encourages projects that are socially, historically, and politically grounded. The Armory and ARC each recognize the role of educational institutions in supporting artists and cultural producers who make work without immediate commercial value. As such, we are invested in supporting a range of non-material, discursive and research-based art practices.

Artist Talk at UCI

Catalyst welcomes Los Angeles based conceptual artist Abigail Collins to come talk about her politically driven work and practice. Collins finished her BFA at Cooper Union, New York, in 2008 and her MFA at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2015. Collins practice brings her across the globe, traversing international borders. Her work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. 

The lecture will take place at 12:00pm in ART 160, followed by a brief Q&A and reception.

Work in HAUNT journal volume 2

Excited to have work in haunt's second volume, edited by Amanda McGough

"We are pleased to announce the sophomore issue of Haunt Journal of Art. Speculative and innovative art writing practices are paramount to the development of radical thinking and imagination. Our contributors' writings make this more visible and more possible to understand. 
 

http://hauntjournal.org/

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Compassion Fatigue New Wight Biennial 2014

October 2-16, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 2, 5:00-8:00pm

Curated by UCLA Department of Art graduate students Damir Avdagic and Abigail Collins.


The UCLA New Wight Biennial, Compassion Fatigue, will present work from 15 international emerging artists using installation, performance, video, photography and sound to enable intimate ways of viewing political crisis.

GRAPHITE Issue 5 : Networks

Work featured in: 

GRAPHITE

INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL OF THE ARTS

http://www.graphitejournal.com/blog/?s=abigail+collins

  • GRAPHITE PRESENTS ISSUE 5: NETWORKS

    GRAPHITE is proud to present the fifth installment of the journal, “Networks.” Issue 5 features the work of twelve artists, four writers, and an interview between editor Gabriel Garza and artist Edgar Arcenaux.