New SPACES Exhibitions Explore Impact of Environment on Society

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João Enxuto and Erica Love, Atlanta Central Public Library (Interior 2) -, 2015, archival inkjet print, artist
  • João Enxuto and Erica Love, Atlanta Central Public Library (Interior 2) -, 2015, archival inkjet print, artist
Following its nationally acclaimed RNC-related programming, SPACES is ready to unveil its latest projects. Opening with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, SPACES presents Hidden Assembly, Public Displays of Data and Moving Anthropologies. As their titles suggest, all three exhibitions explore our impact on our environment and its impact on us.

Hidden Assembly explores the invisible production of the objects that populate our surroundings in a capitalist society. The project examines how factors such as global outsourcing, technological advances and the rise of precarious work have obscured or eliminated our perception of the creation of these everyday goods, and explores how factors such as increasing geographic distance have shrouded global labor.

“The starting point of Hidden Assembly is the recognition that under capitalism most production is rendered invisible,” explains Hidden Assembly curator Yaelle S. Amir. “The labor that people perform is largely obscured or eliminated—an effect heightened by the expanded tech field, global outsourcing, and the rise of precarious work. Hidden Assembly addresses our reconfigured labor market by featuring projects that examine what it means to work in current times and the uniquely precarious conditions resulting from capitalist values and governmental strategies; unrecognized producers in the new digital economy; and creative activism that advocates for improved and regulated worker conditions in an age of global and unorganized labor."

The exhibition includes artists/projects: Art Handlers Alliance (AHA-NY), Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Art Handlers Alliance (AHA-NY), Gulf Labor Artist Coalition, Joao Enxuto & Erica Love, Marisa Jahn (Studio REV-), Betty Marin, Huong Ngo & Hong-An Truong, Laurel Ptak/Wages for Facebook and Andrew Norman Wilson.

Following its run in Cleveland, Hidden Assembly will travel to Newspace Center for Photography and Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR on Nov. 3.

Also opening on Friday, California-based artist Tim Schwartz debuts his Public Displays of Data, explores the implications of our digital presence, and how it is gathered, stored, organized and sold by organizations, corporations and governments. As SPACES SWAP Resident Artist, Schwartz has been working on his project at SPACES since July 18, and remains in residence at SPACES through Aug. 29.

Meanwhile, SPACES’ Vault presents Moving Anthropologies, videos by three Portugese artists: Maria Lusitano, Mónica de Miranda, Rui Mourão. Curated by Mourão and José Carlos Teixeira, these videos present fragmented perspectives reflecting issues of memory, identity, history, otherness and cultural difference.
All exhibitions remain on view at SPACES through Oct. 21.

(SPACES) 2220 Superior Viaduct, 216-621-2314, spacesgallery.org

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