2019 Winter Exhibitions Opening Reception
January 18, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us for a reception to celebrate the opening of our Winter 2019 Exhibitions:
Politics of Place
Maria Veronica San Martin – Featured Artist Project: Dignidad.
New Book Art: Scholar Residents of 2018
Friday, January 18, 2019, 6:30-8:30 pm
Exhibitions on view: January 18 – March 30, 2019
Organized by Monica Oppen and Alexander Campos
From the mechanisms of colonialism, to intractable wars, displacement has become a catalyst to a contemporary discourse surrounding belonging, homeland and nationhood. The Politics of Place highlights artist books, mainly from Australia and North America, both new world territories that share parallel histories, to explore the longstanding issues centered in indigeneity, enslavement, conflict-caused immigration. These issues reflect the undercurrent of political motives and decisions often decentering and ignoring the voices of those displaced.
Maria Veronica San Martin – Featured Artist Project
An exhibition based on secret telephone documents about Colonia Dignidad in collaboration with The National Archives of Chile, The Association of Memory and Human Rights on Colonia Dignidad and the lawyer Winfried Hempel.
Dignidad is an Art installation at The National Archive of Chile of the Chilean artist María Verónica San Martín based on secret telephone documents about Colonia Dignidad. Found in 2012 by the ex-colonel and lawyer Winfried Hempel, the audios reveal for the first time to the public conversations between Paul Schäfer and other Nazi agents during 1978. Through sculpture, sound, performance, text, and a selection of historical archives, San Martín reveals a complex system of codes and transcontinental actions that culminated in crimes against minors and opponents of the Chilean civic-military dictatorship (1973-1990). Next year the exhibition Dignidad will travel to the The Center for Book Arts in New York, the ATA gallery in San Francisco as a performance, and to the Museum Meermanno in The Hague.
Each year the Center invites three talented emerging artists, who have demonstrated a commitment to book arts, the opportunity to spend a year at the Center. Each scholar has 24/7 access to the Center studios and equipment, and the opportunity to take advanced classes with master book arts instructors here at the Center. The year culminates in a group show for the artists to exhibit the work they have created while in residence. This year’s show features the works of Laura Byrne, Elizabeth Castaldo, and Ben Denzer.