Saturday, June 2
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Richard Renaldi was born in Chicago in 1968. He received a BFA in photography from New York University in 1990. He is represented by Benrubi Gallery in New York and Robert Morat Galerie in Berlin. Five monographs of his work have been published, including Richard Renaldi: Figure and Ground(Aperture, 2006); Fall River Boys (Charles Lane Press, 2009); Touching Strangers (Aperture, 2014); Manhattan Sunday (Aperture, 2016); I Want Your Love (Super Labo, 2018). He was the recipient of a 2015 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Richard Renaldi will introduce and discuss the origins of his newest monograph I Want Your Love. Renaldi made his first self portrait in 1978 when he was ten years old. Standing in the bathroom of his family's house in suburban Chicago, dressed in a rugby shirt and white chinos, arms folded, a young boy calmly appraises the camera. I Want Your Love is Renaldi's visual autobiography, navigating the most intimate moments of a seemingly charmed life. From his earliest years spent in Chicago in the 1970s, I Want Your Love follows the arc from childhood to middle age, exploring what it means to be young and perpetually seeking, and what it means both to find and to lose the things we most deeply treasure.
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Marianne Dages is a Philadelphia based artist investigating the crossroads between image, language, and thought. Her work is held in public collections including MOMA Library, Yale University Library, and SAIC Chicago. She was awarded the two-year Core Fellowship at Penland School of Crafts, where she studied bookbinding and letterpress printing. Marianne has been an artist in residence at Herhusid in Iceland, Beisinghoff Printmaking Residency in Germany, Wells College, as well as a solo exhibitor at Print Gallery Tokyo. She teaches letterpress and bookbinding and publishes artists’ books under the name Huldra Press. Her press is named Egon.
In this presentation, Dages uses William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin's book "The Third Mind" as a point of departure to draw links between artist's books, cut-up writing and hieroglyphics by examining their collective emphasis on materiality in written language. This presentation will also look at the artist's use of these concepts in her own body of work and how cut-ups and chance operations support the role of artist's books as a rich format for experimentation today.
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ed Panar is a photographer and bookmaker who has published several photobooks including: Animals That Saw Me Volume One and Volume Two (2011 and 2016), Salad Days (2012), Same Difference (2010), and Golden Palms (2007). His photographs and books have been exhibited internationally at venues including The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Cleveland Museum of Art and Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco. Ed is co-founder of the project space and photography bookshop Spaces Corners, and currently lives and works in Pittsburgh.
Ed Panar will be discussing his book making practice over the years.
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Muholi is a visual activist/ photographer born in Umlazi, Durban, and lives in Johannesburg. Muholi Co-founded the Forum for Empowerment of Women (FEW) in 2002, and in 2009 founded Inkanyiso (www.inkanyiso.org), a forum for queer and visual (activist) media.
Muholi’s self-proclaimed mission is ‘to re-write a black queer and trans visual history of South Africa for the world to know of our resistance and existence at the height of hate crimes in SA and beyond’.
Muholi studied Advanced Photography at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg, and in 2009 completed an MFA: Documentary Media at Ryerson University, Toronto. Muholi is also an Honorary Professor at the University of the Arts/Hochschule für Künste Bremen, Germany and has won numerous awards including Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from France; the ICP Infinity Award for Documentary and Photojournalism (2016); Africa’Sout! Courage and Creativity Award (2016); the Outstanding International Alumni Award from Ryerson University (2016).
Muholi is engaged is the lead artist of the Women’s Mobile Museum, a year-long social engagement project in partnership with the PPAC and 10 Philadelphia women selected for a year-long media arts apprenticeship. The project, launched in February 2018, will be exhibited in three Philadelphia sites in the fall and will conclude with an exhibition at PPAC in January 2019.
Among other topics, Muholi will be discussing her forthcoming publication, Somnoyama Ngonyama (Aperture, 2018), available exclusively at this event in advance of its publication in July. Muholi will be signing her book after the talk.
Muholi’s publications are Faces and Phases 2006-14 (Steidl/The Walther Collection); Zanele Muholi: African Women Photographers #1 (Casa Africa and La Fábrica, 2011); Faces and Phases (Prestel, 2010); and Only half the picture (Stevenson, 2006).