Exposing the Archive

Announcing the Selection of The Others for 2017 Residency & Exhibition Program:

Newspace Center for Photography and the Oregon Historical Society Research Library (OHS) are pleased to announce the selection of a project by collaborating artists Briana Cerezo, Ross Lee Chappell and Jennifer Rabin for residency and exhibition in our institutions’ joint Exposing the Archive program.

In fall 2016 Newspace and OHS announced an open call for projects by Oregon artists employing image-based practices that critically examine issues pertinent to Oregon, with a focus on collective histories, identity formation, and the politics of place. The selected project will be developed in residence at Newspace’s facilities and the OHS Research Library from January to September 2017 and will receive funds to cover research, production and artist fees supported by the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights Grant Program. An exhibition and series of local and traveling public programs will follow in October and November of 2017.

About the Selected Project:

The Others seeks to explore the notion of otherness. Working from materials in the OHS Research Library, the artists will ask questions about how Oregon’s collective history has affected the identities of individuals who, for a variety of reasons, may feel that they are not represented. They will ask what groups of people have been included in the archives? Who has been left out? Whose history has been recorded and whose has been erased? Through research, travel, photography, and interviews with Oregonians throughout the state, the artists will devote this opportunity to investigating how place and history have affected the way people experience exclusion.

About the Artists:

Briana Cerezo is a photographer who makes portraits as a way to dive deeper into the world she lives in and to understand the nature of the human experience. She strives to create a safe environment for the people she photographs in which barriers can be broken down and truth can be allowed to surface.
Ross Lee Chappell is a creative writer, conceptual artist, and theater artist. His experience with physical disability has encouraged his longstanding explorations into compassion and otherness.

Jennifer Rabin is a writer, an arts writer, an artist, and an arts activist. Her writing has appeared in The Sun, Harvard Review, Visual Art Source, Hyperallergic, Oregon Humanities, Bitch, Willamette Week, and The Rumpus. Her visual art has been shown in Oregon and South Carolina. She is the founder of ArtPassportPDX.

About the Collaborating Institutions:

Newspace Center for Photography connects and inspires people by offering an accessible place to create, learn, and engage in the evolution of the image. Newspace’s exhibition program explores the image’s unique position to reflect, communicate, teach, propose, and challenge the state of our culture and surroundings.
1632 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 | 503.963.1935

Oregon Historical Society serves as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all.
12009 SW Park Ave, Portland OR 97207 | 503.306.5207

For press inquiries please contact Yaelle Amir at curator@newspacephoto.org

Image: Vintage researchers. Photo file #821-B-9, negative #13188 Courtesy of the Oregon Historical Society.