anne_verhallen Save Art Space ( @saveartspace ) in collaboration with Art At A Time Like This ( @artatatimelikethis ), is looking for artists of all kinds to submit work to an open call for the public art project, Ministry of Truth: 1984-2020, presenting artworks on billboards around NYC. To be launched in October 2020, just in time for the election, we are looking for artworks that comment on the current state of U.S. politics and will stimulate dialogue about the increasing polarization of our society.
Ministry of Truth: 1984/2020 is a reference to George Orwell’s dystopian novel as artists feel compelled to address the lies, fake news, trolling and propaganda in today’s political rhetoric. 50 years ago, Orwell predicted a Ministry of Truth announcing WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH, horrifyingly relevant in 2020. It is up to artists with their creative imagination to envision a different future for our country.
Dread Scott ( @dreadscottart ), Deborah Kass ( @debkass ), Marilyn Minter ( @marilynminter ), and Shirin Neshat ( @shirin__neshat ) and other internationally renowned artists will be designing new work to present specifically for this project. The other 50% of artists will be chosen by an open call available to all—students, artists, activists, and concerned citizens. In addition to the public art project, Ministry of Truth will be featured on artatatimelikethis.com, accessible to over 120,000 viewers around the globe.
Curators: Founders of Art At A Time Like This, Barbara Pollack ( @bxpollack ) & Anne Verhallen ( @anne_verhallen )
Jerome LaMaar ( @jeromelamaar & @bronxmuseum )
Larry Ossi-Mensah ( @youngglobal & @artnoirco )
Sophia Marisa Lucas ( @queensmuseum )
Carmen Hermo ( @chermosa & @brooklynmuseum )
Media partner: Hyperallergic ( @hyperallergic )
Please submit artwork between July 22 and September 1. Submission fee $10. All fees go directly to renting the billboards. This is your opportunity to have your art on ad space in NYC!
anne_verhallen THANK YOU @canvasmag - 'THIS IS NOT A REHEARSAL' is the latest issue of Canvas Magazine that emerged during the global pandemic. For this issue, the magazine asked Barbara @bxpollack and myself to explain why art is so important at this time and what the future will sound like.
With this edition emerging during the global pandemic, we look back to the pre-lockdown events as a bygone era and fast-forward to our present time of creative practices arising via virtuality and sociality, simulation and repetitive action, inside-out perspectives as well as hope as a practice. Navigating the new normal of our lives in confinement, we ask leading figures in the UAE about world-making and rebuilding culture. Curators tell us why art is so important at a time like this and artists reveal what the future will sound like in a seemingly posthumanist environment – from metronomic sewing machines to spaceship visions. - #canvasmagazine
anne_verhallen HOW CAN WE HELP ?
Art at a Time Like This stands in solidarity with the protesters in the fight against systemic racism and police brutality. As an organization, we echo the shout that black lives matter and offer our platform for free expression to all writers and artists wishing to speak out.
There is pain and devastation across the country, the evidence of anger, sadness, and lack of leadership. As Martin Luther King JR said 53 years ago, ‘The riot is the language of the unheard.’ And this is true, that freedom and justice have not been met, screams for help have not been heard. The crisis in the US seems like a chronic, incurable illness that flares up when immunity is down. And certainly, the dual diagnosis of Trump + COVID-19 wore us down.
They say, film everything you see, as evidence is vital. We now find ourselves overloaded with short clips that show only a part of all of the stories happening simultaneously across the country and we are left without words. We feel, a lot, we feel the pain and anger. The United States is bleeding, it is on fire, literally. With the president in a bunker, who is our leader? Who will lead us out of the many crises? Who is thinking of art at a time like this?
We need artists and writers at this time to lead us out of this state of confusion and grief. While the right calls for military-style solutions to our current problems, creatives can open the door to a whole new range of opportunities for change. That sounds too hopeful at a moment when the future is fragile at best. The antidote to feelings of invisibility and erasure is to make your visions seen and voices heard.
We are especially grateful to Bed-Stuy artist Kambui Olujimi for leaving his studio to take a look around and bring us his impressions of this week’s events. His expressive ink drawings tell us more than a photojournalist’s reportage. At this painful moment, he demonstrates with potency and poignancy just how artists can respond in the midst of crisis. @kambuiolujimi#kambuiolujimi
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Anne & Barbara