For its fifth presentation in the Emerging
Curators Program, LACE presents Sound Off. Interdisciplinary
artist Abigail Raphael Collins,
selected by a jury to curate the 2020 Emerging Curators exhibition at LACE,
explores silence as expression of political resistance. Works by artists and
activists engage silence as a way to honor the inarticulable, defy demands of
production, prioritize deep listening, and refuse to incriminate. Rather than
negating the importance of speaking up, speaking truth to power, or raising our
voices, this exhibition treats silence as powerful tool of resistance alongside
acts of speech. Work by artists Nikita
Abu Hamdan, Sharon
Janan Rasheed, andAliza
Shvartz, among others, is included, along with historical
documentation of silent protests.
The exhibition opens in January 2020.
Collins’ proposal was selected from a field of 45. As panelist Ciara Ennis, director/curator of Pitzer Art Galleries at Pitzer College, stated, “The current instability and urgency of our time demands radical and alternative responses. Abigail Raphael Collins’ curatorial tactic of deploying silence as a political tool for examining trauma and protest seemed like an appropriate and effective approach.” The other panelists in this year’s selection process were artist Samira Yamin, and Hammer Museum assistant curator Erin Christovale.
In Collins’ words, “Listening is central to almost every work in this exhibition, and it’s also central to the process of curating it. I’m coming to the artworks and protests with these questions, and listening to their often non-verbal responses: How does silence function in tandem with sounding? How are they interdependent? How is honoring interiority a political act? Can the loss of language we experience when our humanity is denied be held up as a testament of its own? What happens when we listen collectively to those silences? How can this collective reception heal, resist, and shift oppressive power structures? What does an intersectional feminist refusal to speak sound like?“
Abigail Raphael Collins is an interdisciplinary artist who works with video, installation and photography. She draws from from documentary, journalistic, and conceptual practices to reconsider relationships between media and systemic violence from a queer feminist lens. Collins received her MFA from UCLA and BFA from Cooper Union.
the Emerging Curator Program – this program is designed to discover curatorial
talent in Los Angeles and gives an opportunity for an emerging curator to
partner with LACE. Applicants are reviewed by a panel that recommends a
compelling project to the LACE team consistent with LACE’s experimental spirit.
The next deadline to apply for the program is November 1, 2019 for presentation
in early 2021.
Image: Nikita Gale, Interceptor, courtesy of Martos Gallery and 56 Henry.