I wanted to extend an invitation to a group of artists I greatly admire. Not quite curation, but rather a welcoming into a foundational part of my own practice: that of responding to and from a series of collected photos. These are images I’ve accumulated over the years, from thrift stores, flea markets, the street—my own family photos getting mixed in at times. I’ve been holding and working from these images for over a decade now. Photos not made with “art” in mind, but rather a drive to document—ourselves, our communities, our homes, our lives.
I met with Alina, Connie, M, MAP, Nick, and Steph to see what was on their minds at this moment. I then selected images (five) for each artist. Photos offered as a prompt or springboard: no expectations as to what might be produced, no requirement that they make their way into the final work(s). A gesture of call and response. I said I would create a single work too, one that holds all of the photos offered, a preface or ledger of sorts. Together—the invited artists, the unknown original photographers, TILT, myself—are co-creating this exhibition, leaning into the minor details, larger themes unfolding organically.
- Rami George, Organizer
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 11, 2024 | 6-9pm