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The largest solo exhibition in the United States in more than a decade of the work of internationally-renowned artist Dinh Q. Lê, this exhibition of five major video and photography installations entwines rarely heard narratives of war and migration from people in North Vietnam, the Vietnamese diaspora, and refugees who, like Lê, have returned to live in their home country. Assembling these obscure stories through the collection of found photographs, artists’ war sketches, and oral histories, Lê presents a multifaceted story about Vietnamese life before, during, and after the Vietnam War. In the process, he questions the viability of collective memory and reveals the effects of trauma on the cultural imagination.
ACC has provided support to the San Jose Museum of Art for this exhibition.
Somnath Bhatt | Issam Kourbaj | Firoz Mahmud | Qinza Najm | Sahana Ramakrishnan | Sa’dia Rehman | Mohsin Shafi | Marcelino Stuhmer | Saira Wasim
Curated by Atif Sheikh
“Take it like a ...”; contemporary trends in the aesthetics of violence takes a look at violence as methodology and/or aesthetics in contemporary art, and the exploration of its connection to similar aesthetics in ancient art.
The show, curated by Twelve Gates’ Atif Sheikh, brings together a group of artists whose work responds to and explores the many aspects of violence in contemporary society. By referencing the aesthetics of the past, each in their own way, the tradition of depicting violence in art becomes evident; as applied to contemporary issues, the aesthetics call into question the tradition itself. As we as a global society become increasingly aware of the destructive, divisive outcomes and less convinced by the narrative in favor of the necessity of engaging in conflict, the tradition of depicting violence in art reflects this almost traumatized, fragmented reckoning. The pieces seem to seek to slow down the process of conflict enough to understand it and perhaps choose a different conclusion.
Sheikh says, “Ancient art offers a valuable insight into ancient societies and their aesthetics of violence. This is especially the case in the classical and medieval representation of the ‘Other’ as either monstrous or feminine (e.g. the ancient Greek representation of the masculine hero in juxtaposition to the feminine Barbarian enemy). Whereas war was considered noble in ancient times, it still needed justification through the representation of the enemy in art. Today, as we live in a time of multiple, simultaneous wars, violence is similarly justified by painting the ‘enemy’ as vile in the media, thereby engendering a sense of righteousness.
By exploring the resonances between the ancient and the contemporary world, the aim of my project is to stir up conversations about issues that are otherwise complacently accepted.”
Grantee: Firoz Mahmud
This two-person multimedia exhibition will explore ideas of place - both the physical and the conceptual. San Francisco-based artist Jenny Odell’s collages of Google Satellite image cutouts - views of landfills, waste ponds, parking lots - force viewers to step back and consider fundamental questions of humanity, our presence and impact on the Earth. California-born, Brooklyn-based artist and ACC alumna Ellie Irons foregrounds ecology and Anthropocene in her diverse projects, two of which will be featured in the gallery space. Her series Flight Lines, a collaboration with her husband, Dan Phiffer, documents aerial landscapes, recording and reinstating movements of both living and non-living entities - from birds and bugs to drones and floating plastic bags - through video and abstracted animation. Irons’ Invasive Pigments focuses on relationships between humans and plants, bringing to mind ideas of migration and proliferation across place and time. For this show, pigments made from ‘unintentional’ plants (AKA weeds) gathered from the local Humboldt environment will be placed along with Irons’ “Handbook for Painting with Weeds” at stations in the gallery. Visitors will be invited to create their own paintings, allowing them to actively engage with and experience their local environment from a new angle. This show will challenge viewers to interrogate ideas of place - near and far, abstract and personal - both actively and passively, in new and complex ways.
Grantee: Ellie Irons
Experience amazing video and sound installations at Digital Nature 2019, a contemporary art exhibit viewed outdoors in the evening at the Los Angeles Arboretum from Wednesday, February 27, to Sunday, March 3. 6 to 9pm. Contemporary artists will project their work onto the lush garden landscape. Inspired by the natural world and technology, the artists will explore themes as diverse as butterfly camouflage, bird songs and heavy metal, and interactive digital wildflowers. Some are interactive, some with sound or live performances, others silent.
Digital Nature 2019 is curated by Shirley Alexandra Watts. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and 2019 donors Adam Adams, Marie Csete, Ann Hatch, Lynda & Ryan Marton, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Andrea Testa-Vought.
Grantee: Ellie Irons