Space 204 Gallery

Deliberate Acts: Art & Incarceration

curated by alejandro t. acierto
September 24 - December 17, 2020


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Deliberate acts: Art and Incarceration traces the peripheral technologies and behaviors built around cultures of incarceration through the work of contemporary artists Dan Paz, Lorenzo Triburgo, and Sherrill Roland. Highlighting the cultural impact of incarceration in the US, these artists address the hidden, concealed, and anonymized forces that enable the continuation of policing through systems of mass incarceration. As artists with close relationships with those involved with carceral systems, their work speaks to the broad power dynamics expressed through strategic behaviors and patterns of relation. Included in this exhibition is Triburgo’s photographic series and sound work Policing Gender where they engage in conversations of surveillance and incarceration as they relate to queer, trans, and non-binary identities. In Paz’s contribution, The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building, they present their ongoing research and workshops surrounding the staggering development of privately chartered youth detention facilities to publicly make available information that has otherwise been historically concealed. Looking specifically at an anonymous public, Roland’s work extends the public performances from his Jumpsuit Project to focus attention on the comment section following an article of his work published in Yahoo News. In his contribution to this online exhibition, he addresses the unknown public by allowing them to communicate with him with questions about the prison system through a web-interface, mimicking the ways those incarcerated are best able to access information from outside the prison walls.

about the artists

Using vernacular image production, Dan Paz's multi-disciplinary practice is an inquiry into exposure and the conditions of embodiment. Paz’s work brings a critical and aesthetic lens to the architecture of space, demonstrating how foundational techniques of image-making are inextricable from the environmental politics of racialized subject-making. Select exhibitions include: Hayward Gallery London, UK; the 12th Havana Biennial at Fábrica de Arte Cubano, Havana, CU; Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam, NL; The Media lab, NYC; Lee Center for the Arts in Seattle, WA; Holding Contemporary in Portland, OR; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Gene Siskel Film Center, and The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago, IL. Dan’s exhibitions have been generated out of residencies with El Centro Desarollo de Artes in Havana, Cuba; The Studios of Key West; Chicago Artist Coalitions’ Hatch Residency; The Luminary in St. Louis, MO; ACRE in WI; and the High-Resolution Media Arts Residency at Seattle University. Selected Awards include: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur’s Connection Fund, The Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, The Ann Metzger National Award for Prints, The LinksHall LinkUP Grant & Residency, Open Practice Committee Grant, University of Chicago Arts Council funding, the Claire Kantor Foundation Grant, and The Wyckoff Milliman Endowment Grant.

Raleigh, NC, artist Sherrill Roland (b. 1984, Asheville, NC) has had solo exhibitions at Georgetown University in Washington, DC; the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City and Artspace in Raleigh and Greensboro Project Space, both in North Carolina. Among groups shows in which he was represented are those at the Studio Museum in Harlem and three other venues in New York City; the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro and the Harvey Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture in Charlotte, both in North Carolina; CAM Houston in Texas; Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, MA; and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. At many of those venues and others, Roland has presented performances, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, OH; Princeton University in New Jersey; and Alcatraz Island and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), both in California. Roland holds a BFA and MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and studied at Manchester Metropolitan University in Britain and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Roland has been listed as a 2020 Spring Art for Justice Fund grantee, as while as being the 2020 South Arts State Fellow for North Carolina and Grand Prize Winner.

Lorenzo Triburgo is a Brooklyn-based, artist employing performance, photography, video, and audio to cast a critical lens on notions of the “natural,” the construct of gender, and the politics of queer representation.

Lorenzo has artworks in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL and Portland Art Museum in Portland, OR. They have exhibited and lectured in cities throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia, including Bruce Silverstein, NYC; Photoforum Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland; Kunst und Kulturhaus, Berne, Switzerland; the Dutch Trading Post, Nagasaki, Japan; The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; Magazzini del Sale di Palazzo Pubblico, Siena, Italy; and Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands as the first place winner of the international Pride Photo Award.

Lorenzo was awarded a Workspace Residency at the Camera Club of New York at Baxter Street in 2019 and is currently a 2020 AIM Fellow at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Lorenzo holds a BA from New York University in Photography and Gender Studies and an MFA in Photography and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts. Lorenzo teaches Critical Theory, Art, and Gender Studies for Oregon State University’s online campus.

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