Emmanuelle Namont Kouznetsov
images courtesy of artists: Jeff Beekman and Nathan Gorgen
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 … Read More »
The Chapel of the Chimes, aside from its historical importance and architectural beauty serves as a site of repose, contemplation, transcendence and remembrance. It is, on many levels, easy to draw comparisons of intent and use between the chapel and museums, as places where history, beauty and the sublime—the intuition that there is something powerfully beautiful and fearsome beyond our quotidian experience—coexist.
It is as impossible to consider the fact of death without memorials to the departed and the practice of rituals as it is impossible to contemplate contemporary art practices without the vitality of performance art. Using the idea of “the ever after” as a starting point, artists explore notions of observance, grief, longing and wonder. Poignancy, playfulness and sharp insights into the nature of the eternal are the common threads used to weave a series of site-specific mini-installations and … Read More »