Artist talk with Tomas van Houtryve November 17, at 6:00 pm
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA)
750 Marguerite Dr.
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Dispatches gathers and generates artistic responses to the news by 34 contemporary artists and photojournalists. The exhibition includes a survey of works from 2010 to present and launches a series of commissions, or “dispatches” on current events and the critical issues of our time.
The art works emerge from within and in defiance of today’s media landscape, ranging from real-time coverage to deliberately slow and analog forms. They enlarge our collective capacity to sensitively receive stories delivered in today’s unevenly regulated and fast flow of news. They decelerate the speed of information. Or, they organize collective efforts toward a more humanizing interaction.
Dispatches is divided into five thematic zones: Post-9-11 Realities; Borders and Migrations; Ecological Justice; New Forms of Social Action; and the 2016 US Presidential Election.
Featured independent artists include Doug Ashford, Rossella Biscotti, Hasan Elahi, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Sheryl Oring, Trevor Paglen, and Larry C. Price. Featured photographers from the VII Photo collective include Ashley Gilbertson, Ron Haviv, Ed Kashi, Sarker Protick, Maciek Nabrdalik, Sim Chi Yin, and Danny Wilcox Frazier.
Tomas van Houtryve is the only artist with two bodies of work in the show: Traces of Exile in the Borders and Migrations section and Blue Sky Days in the Post-9-11 Realities section. Both projects were supported with grants from the Pulitzer Center.