Shock and Awe: An interview with Ethan Rafal

I met Ethan when we were artist mentors together at Southern Exposure in 2015. Since then I have watched his practice grow into the world in a way that I find really exciting and that I really relate to. So I asked him if he would let us explore his practice a … Continue reading

Locating the potential of socially engaged photography

Many of the most complex and exciting elements of contemporary photographic practices are invisible to audiences. They consist of relationships, compassion, patience, and listening. They consist of really challenging oneself, as the artist, to give up conventions within the art-making process that subtly reinforce oppressive social dynamics. We have an … Continue reading

Brooklyn Insitute for Social Research Course on Photography and Social Networks

This looks like an interesting course on photographic distribution, audience and engagement. From the course website: In recent decades, critical analyses of photography are increasingly concerned with questions of audience engagement and technological production. This course embarks upon a study of historical and theoretical perspectives on photography—from experiments in daguerreotype … Continue reading

Hello Neighbor

Julie Keefe’s Hello, Neighbor project. What happens to neighborhoods when your neighbors aren’t your neighbors any more? When interviewed about his rapidly changing North Portland community, my neighbor, Charles, said he didn’t mind the streets being safer, the businesses returning, or the houses being fixed up. What he did mind … Continue reading

A collaboratively written photo assignment

COLLAGE COLLAGE An Assignment by Eliza Gregory and Grace Leary Two-dimensional work changes its meaning and looks different when you install it on a wall. All of a sudden you are thinking about the physical context of the work, the way in which the work is presented, the framing and … Continue reading

Jen Delos Reyes’ History of Social Practice Class — Bibliography

Jen Delos Reyes teaches a fantastic course in the history of social practice. Anyone looking for texts that delve into process, collaboration, social engagement, and socially engaged art at large will find great ideas here. _________ Alberro, A. (1999). Reconsidering Conceptual Art, 1966-1977. In A. Alberro & B. Stimson (Eds.), Conceptual Art: … Continue reading

Social Practice Projects That Pull Together Many Artists’ Work

I was just looking over an assignment for Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern’s upcoming Photographer’s Playbook (which you can pre-order from Aperture or Amazon) and thinking about social practice projects that involve assigning a group of people a task, and then pulling all those assignments together into a book. Another … Continue reading