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The Archive of Affect

March 18 April 16, 2017

Curated by Culture Push                                                               

Featuring OlaRonke Akinmowo, Chloë Bass, Lise Brenner, Sarah Dahnke, Liz Linden & Jen Kennedy, and Worker’s Art Coalition


Opening Reception
Friday, March 17, 7–9pm

The Worker’s Art Coalition
Saturday, April 1, 3pm at NURTUREart

OlaRonke Akinmowo with Free Black Women’s Library
Sunday, April 2, 12-5pm at NURTUREart

Sarah Dahnke with Dances for Solidarity
Friday, April 7, 7:30pm at NURTUREart

Lise Brenner of Vox Populi
Saturday, April 8, 1:30pm at NURTUREart

Lise Brenner with Atlas Obscura
History Hidden in Plain Sight: Bushwick Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, April 9, 1–4pm, details and tickets will be available through Atlas Obscura

NURTUREart presents The Archive of Affect, a group exhibition with performances that focus on rewriting, challenging, or expanding traditional archives and histories. Participating artists create ongoing works that help to amplify voices often silenced, omitted, or erased from contemporary historical narratives. The “affect of archive” is particularly salient in current media usage, where access is increasingly democratized, and personal narratives contribute to growing participation. The Archive of Affect reminds us that there are many voices still unheard and unwritten, and that artists can play an important role in challenging traditional notions of place, history, and personhood. The exhibition will include artifacts, ephemera, and documentation of the artists’ projects, as well as present a series of public performances for time-based and durational projects for audiences to experience live.

The Archive of Affect

Featured artists were selected by Culture Push from their Fellowship for Utopian Practice, a testing ground for new ideas that aim to create positive social change through civic engagement and horizontal learning opportunities. Participating fellows are provided creative, analytical, and logistical tools in the creation of boundary-pushing, interdisciplinary, and socially engaged artwork. The Archive of Affect includes:

OlaRonke Akinmowo is an installation and collage artist, cultural worker, set decorator, radical mama, yoga teacher and Black Feminist/Womanist scholar whose research and artistic practice focuses on exploring the complexities of race, culture, spirituality and gender who lives and thrives with her amazing daughter in Brooklyn, NY. Ola is the Creator & Director of The Free Black Women’s Library, an interactive mobile trading library that features a collection of 600 books written by Black women, performance, readings, film screenings, workshops and critical conversations that has taken place at MOCADA, the Studio Museum of Harlem, Concord Church, the Afro Punk Music Festival, Community Future Lab, Bedstuy Pride, and Weeksville Heritage Center, among other places.  The library is activated here, and the public is invited to bring books written by Black women to trade or donate.

Chloë Bass is a conceptual artist who works in performance, situation, publication, and installation. In this exhibition, Chloë will present a participatory engagement from the Department of Local Affairs, a project that crowdsources information about specific neighborhoods from local inhabitants to develop a more accurate and nuanced picture of that place. The Department of Local Affairs challenges traditional approaches to tourism by amplifying the voices of local tenants, workers, and civic participants who are already integrated in the community at the neighborhood level.

Lise Brenner with visual design assistance from Christopher Kennedy presents “Distributed Archive: Joe’s Story,” research and engagement from Vox Populi, a project that takes an intimate look at the Dutch Kills neighborhood of Long Island City. Dutch Kills is currently undergoing transformation as developers bring high-rise condos and upscale retail spaces to a neighborhood with small shops, light manufacturing, and family homes. Vox Populi documents the changing built environment by giving voice to the people who have lived in Dutch Kills for decades and highlighting the locations residents deem crucial.

Sarah Dahnke is a choreographer, multimedia artist, and arts educator. In addition to performing during the exhibition, Sarah will present artifacts from Dances for Solidarity, a collaborative project developed through correspondence with people in solitary confinement. Sarah and her team created a list of simple movements to share with people in solitary confinement, who, in return, were invited to perform and expand upon the dance by adding choreography of their own. Dances for Solidarity invites creative collaboration to an under-represented and often invisible community and sheds light on the physical conditions of the prison structure.

Liz Linden & Jen Kennedy’s collaboration, which began in 2008, is an ongoing effort to find ways to transmit feminism forward. They will present a physical exhibition of their online forum which has been an interactive element of their website since 2010. The forum acts as a one-question survey about people’s assumptions about feminism. The accumulation of 6 years of entries creates a living archive of the shape of feminism in contemporary thought.

Members of the Worker’s Art Coalition, Setare Arashloo, Barrie Cline, Kenny Cohen, Stella Fafalio, Eliza Gagnon, Shantar Gibson, Afiya Jackson, Jaime Lopez, and Paul Vance, will exhibit documentation of their actions around labor issues. The Worker’s Art Coalition is a collective of union workers who come together to demonstrate how art can build and strengthen labor movements. Through participation, action, and dialogue, The Worker’s Art Coalition gives attention to the diverse individuals who actively shape the developing history of labor movements and union organizing.

Culture Push (curator) is an arts organization that works with hands-on learning, group problem solving, serious play, and creating connections. Culture Push creates a lively exchange of ideas between many different communities; artists and non-artists, professional practitioners and laypeople, across generations, neighborhoods, and cultures. It supports the process of creating new modes of thinking and doing and serves a diverse community of creative people. The programs of Culture Push focus on collaboration and group learning through active, participatory experiences. Culture Push programs appear in many different locations, taking many different forms, and public presentations are low-cost or free, to give access to the widest audience. culturepush.org