Opening Reception for The Rebel Body and Making Social – Jan 27, 2018

The Rebel Body and Making Social: Opening reception January 27th 1-4 pm
Angels Gate Cultural Center is pleased to present The Rebel Body, a solo show by Johanna Breiding and Making Social, organized by Matt Rich. The Rebel Body, brings together multimedia works and various collaborations to explore historicized accounts of political persecution. Making Social is an exhibition based on a pedagogic approach to social experience and art. The exhibition will be open to the public with a reception on Saturday, January 27th from 1-4pm. The Rebel Body and Making Social will be on view until March 17, 2018.

Main Galleries I and II will feature The Rebel Body. The central work, The Rebel Body, is a video installation that takes the story of Anna Göldi, the last European witch to be executed (1782), as a point of departure and considers the ramifications of hearsay and storytelling. Highlighting the role of the witness, the work documents the landscapes that contain—and subtly recount—buried histories of injustices. The video is made in collaboration with Shoghig Halajian, and partially narrated by Silvia Federici (author of Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation), with sound by Dorian Wood and editing by Katrin Ebersohn. The exhibition includes Demonstrative Score, a two-channel video installation that uses an archival compilation of acts of protest that aim to dismantle public monuments of European historical leaders and Confederate soldiers. Archival footage offers a visual score for choreography, performed by Taisha paggett. The work responds to recent iconoclastic events that demand revisions to national narratives, and define history as a living document that warrants active engagement by marginalized subjects. This two-channel video installation is edited by Cary Cronenwett. Additionally, Slippage/Spillage presents a constellation of diaristic photographic imagery that serve as propositions for personal encounters and collective actions. The observational gaze recalls photographic histories of social realism and enacts an urgency to witness and record, while underscoring the poetics and fragmentation of the archive.

The Community Room, Community Gallery and Project Space will feature Making Social, an exhibition organized by Matt Rich. The show is based on a course taught by Rich over the last decade about social experience as a medium in art. Combining curatorial and pedagogical approaches, Making Social displays documentation of artworks, texts and projects from course materials that explore how lived experience can create new meanings and applications in art and design.

Angels Gate Cultural Center is open to the public Monday – Friday from 10am to 5pm and weekends from 12pm to 5pm. Admission is always free.

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