BRING IT HOME
Featuring BIPOC artists and designers engaged with issues of equity and identity, Bring It Home uses gift-economy strategies to enlist viewers as collaborators and expand territory for diversity. Riso-printed posters by all 10 exhibition participants are distributed free to audiences—via in-person pick up and the postal service—with the invitation to install the show themselves in private or public spaces. The project responds to shifting perspectives on art production and display, foregrounds representation of voices that have not traditionally been given space, and centers on public engagement at the nexus of the COVID era and the national conversation on social justice. The exhibition title refers to people reinventing ideas of “home” during the pandemic, as well as artists claiming and disrupting visual languages with personal meaning.
Bring It Home embraces and investigates the currency of the poster, a public and immediate surface for artists, designers and communities to disseminate information, ideas and beliefs. An essential platform during seminal points in the history of social movements, the poster recently has played a critical role in conversations about race, gender, culture and equity. In light of this history, this expansive show reimagines poster-project and -exhibition models with collaborative methods—in line with the practices of participating artists—to transcend institutional walls and engage audiences beyond usual art centers.
Bring it Home exists primarily in spaces determined by individuals who hang up posters. It also is presented inside Usdan Gallery, where members of the Bennington College community can pick up the show. (Individuals outside the campus can order the show by mail on the this website; artworks are free, flat-rate postage is $4.)
We encourage people to document the exhibition as they install or encounter it, and to share images via social media (#bringithomeshow). Artwork posters were printed at the Bennington College Word and Image Lab using a Risograph, a 1980s analog process experiencing a renaissance among artists, designers and independent publishers. When the show concludes, a Riso-printed catalog will document the project, including audience-generated images.
BRING IT HOME
Curated by Anne Thompson & Ramon Tejada
Thanks to Louise Sandhaus; Melih Meriç and John Umphlett for installation support; the Word and Image Lab at Bennington College,
and to all participating artists.
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