Unity and Division
Flatiron Project Space
133/141 W 21 Street
New York, NY 10011
Image: Telmo Sa, untitled (Sublimation series), 2016-17, 700x525mm
The Department of Visual and Critical Studies is pleased to announce its first international exhibition “Unity and Division” at the SVA Flatiron Project Space, 133-141 West 21st Street, New York. A collaboration with The Arte Institute, “Unity and Division” will be on display from October 12 through November 4, 2017, with an opening reception on October 12, 6 – 8pm. The Arte Institute, founded in 2011, is an independent, not-for-profit organization based in New York facilitating the production and showcasing of international contemporary artists and art projects, with a focus on Portuguese contemporary art and culture. The institute has organized events on all continents, in major cities around the globe, and in areas such as cinema, arts, music, literature, theater and performance. To learn more about Arte Institute, visit www.arteinstitute.org. The exhibition presents a selection of photographs curated by Virgillio Ferreira of Ci.CLO Photography Platform of Porto, Portugal. The following statement has been prepared by artist Rita Castro Neves:
This is an exhibition of photographs made by multiple artists who shared the same path over a one-year period and reflects the culmination of a process that initially seems to be an individual one, but in reality represents a collaboration. These photographers came together in a place where, with the help of their mentors, they developed projects that featured an experimental, inter-disciplinary approach. Both the individual imaginations and the group dynamic were invigorated by guests from different fields of photography as well as from other disciplines, including geography, psychology, and theatre. The context was one of multi-disciplinary enrichment, and technical and artistic consolidation.
On rereading Pierre Bourdieu’s Sociology in Question (1992) we recall his famous quotation, “If the sociologist has a role to play, it lies more in providing weapons than giving lessons.” In response, we asked ourselves, ‘What should the roles of the photographer and the photography teacher be?’ The Ci.CLO platform as a learning environment, in addition to “providing weapons,” adapts to the needs of its participants; it is flexible, reactive, and innovative. The artistic proposals that result from this process reflect the evolution of every individual, and culminate in what is characterized by the diversity of projects, themes, methodologies and techniques. The title, Unity and Division, reflects how individuals discover their place in the group and how this discovery not only consolidates their insights, but also leads to new ones. If this exhibition brings one cycle to an end, it is so that others can soon start.
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