Shifting Margins included an international roster of artists and variety of opportunities (live cast presidential debates, artist and curator talks and receptions) to engage in dialog around notions of marginalization.
Artists from Bangkok to San Francisco, Richmond to Istanbul and points between shared their responses and reactions to hyperbole, brinkmanship, extremism, intolerance, xenophobia, and the social contract. Shifting Margins brought together works that inspire deliberation and argument in order to grapple with the significance and use of the edge, outsider-ness, privilege and what it means to be on the margin, whether by choice or force of circumstance.
Featuring work by Raquel Torres Arzola, ap-art-ment (Cathy Fairbanks & Laura Boles Faw), Victor Barbieri, Jeff Beekman, Jan Blythe, Gioj De Marco, Ellen Dicola, Moritz Fingerhut, Sean Fletcher & Isabel Reichert, Nathan Gorgen, Elena Harvey, Çiğdem Kaya, Leejin Kim, David Leleu, Angela Pryor, Kat Schneck, Christie Ginanni Stepan, Jesse Walton, Brooke White and Michelle Wilson (with participants from Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center).
Shifting Margins embraced the center, the periphery and the bridge between in part, through the use of two locations “The City” (San Francisco) the perceived cultural and social center and its “marginal” sister city (Oakland) nodal point of racial and social upheaval.
Artists images from top left: Victor Barbieri, Fear No Art; Raquel Torres Arzola, Se Me Llena la Casa de Agua; Nathan Gorgen, Untitled (Monument to Cultural Aspiration); Michelle Wilson (with participants from Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center) Sketchbooks from Juvenile Hall; Kat Schneck, Kneeling on Rice; Moritz Fingerhut, President Obama’s Speech on the Death of Osama Bin Laden Stretched to 3520 Days; Jan Blythe, Ladder/Carpet Project; Jeff Beekman, Hutong Shelter; Gioj De Marco, Trying Carpet; Leejin Kim, East and West; Jesse Walton, PRMFTL; Elena Harvey, Things We Can Do With a Parking Lot; David Leleu, New Electric Sheet; Çiğdem Kaya, Untitled; Christie Ginanni Stepan,Words We Use When Making Treaties and Promises; Brooke White, Crossing Over; ap-art-ment (Cathy Fairbanks & Laura Boles Faw), Far Along:to Draw by Depth; Angela Pryor, Portraits of the Disappeared; Sean Fletcher & Isabel Reichert, Terms of . . .; and Ellen Dicola, Unstable Objects for an Unstable Archive.