Wednesday, April 29, 2020

SHER◊ES



SHER◊ES

Sheroes is a collaborative project bringing together UK and international artists, feminist organisations, charities and the general public. This is a platform for women* artists, allies and organisations to use their creative expression to give a voice to, and turn our eyes towards, silenced and overlooked heroines – sheroes – throughout herstory and visual art, and offer inspiring female role models for us all.

After having run gender-oriented workshops and visits in museums since 2012, we realised that there still is an important lack of female role models in society. As Jacquelyn Guderley, co-founder of the Stemettes group, said, “You can’t be what you can’t see, which is why including varied female role models across all subjects is of crucial importance.”

As a result, in March 2018 we hosted our first Sheroes installment, a collaborative project bringing together UK and international artists, feminist organisations, charities and the general public. We exhibited 26 artists, run 3 workshops, hosted 5 post-exhibition events and over 800 people benefited from it.

Sheroes now comprises social exhibitions, events, art workshops and museum talks that offer a unique opportunity for interaction and dialogue between the public and artists.



In these hard times of isolation, economic crisis and social distancing, we, more than ever, would like to support our community of sheroic artists while we explore other ways to bring our events to the public.

So, Lon-art’s social commitment and Sheroes’ art activism is back with a new initiative: ‘Sheroes in Quarantine’.

Sheroes in Quarantine will be an online exhibition here on our Sheroes website and on our social media channels dedicated to highlighting women’s issues and roles during the COVID-19 social crisis and contributing to positive changes in our society, as always, from a gender perspective. 

We strongly believe that now is the time to re-think our current societies and reinvent the way we live and interact with each other. We are in dire need of creative minds, activists and a sense of togetherness to be able to build a more sustainable society where nature, women and marginalised groups are respected and part of decision-making. 

Sheroes in Quarantine will showcase 14 women* artists and their respective 14 herstories; 14 reflections for the 14 days of quarantine needed to save lives, our health systems and our societies as a consequence. 

-Sheroes in quarantine:

  • COVID-19 is highlighting inequalities like never before – what is the impact it is having on women? 

  • Are women’s voices being heard and part of the decision-making process?

  • What are the risks that the quarantine might pose to women?

-Ecofeminism: 

  • Could COVID-19 be the final call we needed to build a new society? 

  • Could ecofeminist principles be a useful tool to move towards a more sustainable and fair system that sees the end of the exploitation of women and natural resources, in ultimately putting Life before Capital?

-Highlighting hidden herstories: a tribute to women during COVID-19. Who are these hidden Sheroes? 

-Artists in Quarantine: what does it mean to be an artist in quarantine? 

Tell us about the impact that isolation is having on your creativity and practice; both the positives and the negatives. 

-Isolation: while isolation is key for saving lives, how does loneliness affect our lives and the way we communicate with each other?


THE LON-ART SHEROES MANIFESTO

We the undersigned believe:

1. Women have been silenced and stifled throughout history
2. Women in literature, art and beyond have traditionally been reduced to negative stereotypes and archetypes
3. Women’s true stories deserve to be brought to the fore
4. We have to do more to promote the diversity of positive role models in society, in terms of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, social background and beyond
5. Sheroes should be an inspiration to everyone, regardless of gender
6. Sheroes don’t need to have been born into a ‘female’ body!
7. Collaboration is a form of sheroism: no room for egos – let’s work together and share the recognition
8. Strength and power come in different forms – women need referents for strength that are on their own terms, outside of patriarchy
9. Art is political and creative expression can contribute towards changes in society
10. Every month should be Women’s History Month!


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Army soldiers...



Army soldiers #samheydt
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Art as Message | Czong Institute for Contemporary Art


CICA Museum has a collection of artist Czong Ho Kim’s sculptures, paintings, and architecture, as well as many renowned international artists’ works. For special exhibitions, we exhibit Contemporary Art pieces including painting, sculpture, and new media art. CICA also offers education and public programs for the cultural development of local communities.






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VR Art Fair: Art Gate International 2020



VR Art Fair: Art Gate International 2020

April 16-19

Art Gate is pleased to announce their inaugural global art fair in virtual reality, Art Gate International 2020. Explore and collect Post-War and Contemporary Art from around the world in VR. Collections from North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia are currently on view and new exhibitors are joining daily. Find blue chip artworks by Andy Warhol and Frank Stella or uncover contemporary artists such as Erin Loree and Obdulio Piloto.



Art Gate is a virtual reality marketplace for collectors to acquire Post-War and Contemporary Art. Real artwork and real people from around the globe connect and collect art in VR. 100 people can simultaneously visit a gallery, exhibition tour, or artist talk.  Art Gate makes it easy to buy and sell artworks in VR. Put on your headset and connect with the innovators of the art world during Art Gate International 2020.



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Trashxploitation Festival


Trashxploitation Festival

MIAMOUR | Quai Voltaire | Paris




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CollexArt Boundaries | Grand Prize Finalist



BOUNDARIES

CollexArt Boundaries | Grand Prize Finalist

Exhibition explores the spectator and spectacle, performer and witness, the dichotomy between public and private, technology as a uniter and barrier to experience, time as the ultimate boundary, the movements and lives of migrants and those living along tense geographic borders. Others focused on the medium and breaking visual expectations and our ways of seeing.





Artists hailed from Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Israel, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Portugal, the Russian Federation, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States.




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Banality of Evil in our Daily Lives


Can one do evil without being evil?

This was the essential question Hannah Arendt asked herself when she reported for the New Yorker in 1961 in the trial against Adolph Eichmann, the former head of the “Central Office for Jewish Emigration”  who was involved in the organization of the expulsion and deportation of the Jews and who was jointly responsible for the murder of an estimated six million people. Arendt came to the conclusion: “As cruel, cold-hearted, and in their extent monstrous as the deeds for which Eichmann was responsible were, so ordinary, even so banal was the human being who stood for these deeds. She called this thoughtlessness the "banality of evil.”

“The Banality of Evil in our Daily Lives art prize was conceptualized by the artist Saysay.Love. As a seeker of truth, he was inspired by these writings. He immediately felt a strong connection with the subject matter. The idea that many of history’s greatest evils, instead of being carried out by fanatics or sociopaths, were instead done by ordinary people who accepted the premises of their state and thus their actions, as “normal.”



Ultimately, the question arises from which perspectives we can view the banality of evil in everyday life. Everyone defines for themselves the boundary between good and evil, right and wrong. Just as dualism itself can only exist within its own contradiction, it is the responsibility of each individual to consciously perceive and question the boundaries associated with and created by himself.

Saysay.Love proposes that art can change minds and hearts. It is a way to understand us as part of a bigger whole, to dissolve boundaries and to support us as an indicator of the conscious in relation to profound paradigm shifts in the vitality of independent thinking.

There has never been a more pressing time for an unconventional approach to find meaning and purpose in our increasingly complex lives.

We are at a crossroads - today our technological prowess far exceeds awareness of our ethical pitfalls. We are walking on the edge of our demise, never before reached as close in all of recorded history.

Our beloved ideals and morals all fall short because we are too busy representing ourselves. They can no longer be used as a true compass in a world amidst epistemic and ecological collapse.

Can our art catalyse a change, can it be used as a light on the path to a better future? Can our art and technology become the immune system for the collective psyche drowning in an endless stream of misinformation and entertainment?  Can they help us shatter the mould of our fears, heal and mend where we are broken? Can they help us find our new mythos, a new story which could unite us and provide a framework to make sense of the complex world we inhabit today?

We believe so.




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Providence Art Club's National Open Juried Exhibition 2020


Providence Art Club

National Open Juried Exhibition

2020






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Yellow | Colors of Humanity Art Gallery



Colors of Humanity Art Gallery is a nonprofit gallery that works with artists and charities, raising money for worthy causes.




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ART IN ISOLATION | North Dakota Museum of Art i


ART IN ISOLATION

North Dakota Museum of Art

In the Age of “social distancing” the North Dakota Museum of Art invites the residents of the Northern Plains and beyond to participate in an experimental exhibition entitled Art in Isolation

Exhibition Dates: May 1st –TBD



The North Dakota Museum of Art began in the mid-1970s as the University of North Dakota Art Galleries, a temporary exhibition space primarily for the benefit of university students. In 1981 the North Dakota State Legislature designated the University Galleries as North Dakota’s official art museum. With its expanded mission came a new name: the North Dakota Museum of Art.

The first task was to find an appropriate and permanent home. A building fund, established in the late 1970s from private sources, had grown to $1 million. The staff and the Friends of the North Dakota Museum of Art, a nonprofit organization established in 1985, raised an additional $400,000. The  University of North Dakota agreed to give the Museum a 1907 gymnasium if the Friends raised the additional money needed for the renovation. In September 1989 the building, designed by Harvey Hoshour, an MIT graduate who worked for Mies van der Rohe before establishing his own firm in New Mexico, opened to great public enthusiasm. Artists participated by designing the public restrooms (neon artist Cork Marcheschi), the gift shop and the donor wall (Barton Benes), and the sculpture garden (Richard Nonas).

The North Dakota Museum of Art collects contemporary, international art in all media from the early 1970s onwards. It collects the visual history of the region. It is also assembling a survey collection of contemporary Native American art, starting with the early 1970s when the movement emerged. This does not preclude the acceptance of collections that are outside this focus if they would enrich the visual life of our audience, i.e. a historical textile collection.



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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Mass Collection | Featured

the MASS (the MASS collection) is a monthly online collection of discursive art, articles, opinions, prompts, thoughts, and questions, ga...