August 22, 2020 - December 31, 2020
516 ARTS, in partnership with Kolaj Institute, invited selected artists from New Mexico and around the world to reflect on our shifting world using collage, a medium that has been historically used by artists to directly engage with the visual narratives of their time and to reimagine the stories that have been told. Affordable and democratic in its means, collage has a history of contributing to activism and inspiring new ideas. In this spirit of celebrating the radical qualities of combining images, artists who use collage in their artistic practices were selected from near and far. As consciousness is rapidly changing on both a personal and collective level, the exhibition offers a space for reflection through acts of examining, re-organizing, and manipulating imagery.
Forty artists from nine countries and several Indigenous nations offer a variety of perspectives, including artists from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, as well as Salish-Kootenai/Métis-Cree/Sho-Ban, Oglala/Lakota, Tlingit/Nisgaá, and Seneca Nation. Radical Reimaginings is co-curated by Suzanne Sbarge of 516 ARTS and Ric Kasini Kadour, publisher of Kolaj Magazine. The exhibition is presented as part of our Museum from Home initiative during the pandemic and as a featured exhibition of Kolaj LIVE Online. It is accompanied by a catalog in print, which includes each artist’s work and an essay about the exhibition. At the virtual opening artists in the exhibition will speak about what they are trying to reimagine with their work.
The printed catalog is available for purchase ($20) at 516arts.org/store or in-person from 516 ARTS when we reopen.