The Archive of Affect
March 17, 2017-April 16, 2017
The Archive of Affect, presented by NURTUREart, a non-profit exhibition and educational space in Bushwick, Brooklyn, will be a group show of projects from the Fellowship for Utopian Practice that focus on rewriting, challenging or expanding traditional archives and histories. Many of the fellows work to amplify voices that are often silenced, omitted, or erased from contemporary historical narratives. The “affect of archive” is particularly salient in the current hyper-democratic media climate, where it often seems that everyone is writing and sharing their own stories. These projects remind us that there are many voices still unheard and unwritten, and that artists have an important role to play in challenging classical notions of place, history, and personhood.
There will be a VIP Preview Opening for the show on Thursday, March 16th from 6-9 p.m. This event will raise funds to support the free public programs that have been organized by the artists and will take place throughout the duration of the show. Every $100 raised will fund a full night of programming. Each ticket includes food, drinks, guided tours by artists of their projects, and a special performance by Sarah Dahnke and Dances for Solidarity of choreography created by individuals in solitary confinement.
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Sarah Dahnke will present letters and art made by incarcerated collaborators from Dances for Solidarity, a project realized through correspondence with people in solitary confinement. This project involves sending a list of choreographed movements to individuals in solitary confinement and inviting them to perform the dance, expanding upon the directed movement to add their own creative interpretation. Dances for Solidarity gives artistic voice to an underrepresented and even invisible community, forcing us to reconsider the physicality of the disciplinary prison structure.
Olaronke Akinmowo will display a installation of the Free Black Women’s Library, a pop-up library containing books written exclusively by Black Women. The library hosts readings by authors and invites the public to bring books of any genre written by black women to trade or donate to the library. By focusing exclusively on the literary output of Black Women, the Free Black Women’s Library expands upon the classically considered literary canon, highlighting authorship that is often ignored.
Liz Linden and Jen Kennedy will present documentation from the New York Times Feminist Reading Group Yearbook. During NYTFRG sessions, participants were invited to mark, highlight, and comment on articles, language, and headlines in that day’s New York Times. These markups were compiled into a yearbook which documented an entire year of meetings. The New York Times Feminist Reading Group Yearbook inserts a community of feminist readers into the archives of the New York Times.
Barrie Cline and her collaborators from the Worker’s Art Coalition will bring in documentation from their actions around labor issues, as well as new work from the members. The Worker’s Art Coalition is a collective of union workers who come together to explore how art can build and strengthen labor movements. Their work allows for and amplifies a diversity of voices who, through participatory works and dialogues, actively participate shaping the history of labor movements and union organizing. The WAC exposes opinions and perspectives that may not fit easily within traditional historical accounts.
Lise Brenner will present research from Vox Populi, a project that takes an on-the-ground look at the Dutch Kills neighborhood of Long Island City. This area is currently undergoing drastic change as developers shift the neighborhood from small shops and homes, with light manufacturing to high rise condos and upscale retail spaces. Vox Populi refocuses the conversation about the neighborhood to bring in the voices of those who have lived there for decades, highlight the locations these residents deem crucial, and document these areas before they disappear.
Chloë Bass will present documentation and a form of engagement from the Department of Local Affairs, a project that crowdsourced information about specific neighborhoods in order to create a more accurate guidebook of those neighborhoods. The Department of Local Affairs challenges the neat packaging of neighborhoods by tourism bureaus, and instead amplifies the voices of individual community members.