Newspace Center for Photography and c3:initiative are pleased to announce the selection of Sharita Towne’s project Our City in Stereo for a 2016 residency and exhibition as part of our collaborative Gentrification in Portland program.
In Summer 2015 Newspace announced an open call for projects by local artists employing image-based practices that represent, track, and investigate the issue of gentrification and displacement in Portland, with a requirement of community collaboration in the development and presentation of the project. The work will be developed in residence at Newspace and c3:initiative from January to July 2016 and will receive a stipend to cover production and artist fees.
About the Project:
Our City in Stereo uses the old medium of stereographs to investigate what’s happening on the ground in what’s been called the most gentrified city of the century—Portland. Stereo views, an early form of three-dimensional photography, gave viewers a sense of “being there” in a photograph. Our City in Stereo looks to use that sense of depth and “being there” as an entry point to figurative depths. Photographs will include contentious sites of Portland displacement and a spectrum of portraits of those who have been displaced from gentrification to those that believe it does not exist. The project will rely heavily on community collaboration and site-specific conversation. For a list of upcoming events visit: bit.ly/NSupcoming. For exhibition information click here.
About the Artist:
Our past burdens give shape to what worlds we may build, now and in the future. As an artist Sharita Towne‘s interests lie in unpacking these inherited struggles, in understanding the mold they imprint on our present selves, and in affording collective catharsis. With this in mind, through collaboration, research, education, stereo-photography, printmaking, bookmaking, video, and socially engaged art projects, Towne has pursued work at concentration camp memorials in Germany, at Saharawi Refugee camps in Algeria, in Brazil, Chile, Spain, Palestine, gentrifying cities like Portland, OR, in schools, print shops, museums, neighborhoods, and within her own family.
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 diverse ways in which artists create images and the topics they investigate, and further serves as a platform for discussion. With our programs, Newspace strongly advocates that the image is uniquely positioned to reflect, communicate, teach, propose, and challenge the state of our culture and surroundings.
1632 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 | 503.963.1935 | www.newspacephoto.org
c3:initiative is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to process-based exploration. Based in North Portland, c3 connects creators and communities through residency programs, a studio incubator initiative, and integrative exhibition and public programming. c3 is committed to creating partnerships, facilitating artistic exchange, and developing educational opportunities by cultivating dialogue amongst various communities.
7326 N. Chicago Ave, Portland, OR 97203 | 971.267.2340 | www.c3initiative.org
Public Programs Schedule:
Residency programs (January – June 2016):
- The First People’s Plan Kaleidoscope Community Conversation. Wednesday, March 2, 7:00-8:30pm at partner institution c3:initiative (7326 N. Chicago Ave)
- Offsite Pop Up exhibition: Gentrification is WEIRD!: March 19 – April 2 at partner institution c3:initiative (7326 N. Chicago Ave). Organized by Ignorant/Reflection
- The Second People’s Plan Kaleidoscope Community Conversation: Thursday, April 12, 7:00-8:30pm at The Rosewood Initiative (16126 SE Stark St)
- Dear Next Mayor: Thursday, May 19, 7:00-9:00pm at Center for Intercultural Organizing ((700 N Killingsworth St.).
Exhibition programs (July 29 – October 1, 2016):
All events take place at Newspace (1632 SE 10th Ave) unless otherwise noted.
- Opening reception: Friday, August 5, 6-8pm (The exhibition will be on view starting July 29). At 7pm, the Cascade Stereoscopic Club will hold a short demo, How to take 3D photographs.
- Offsite discussion: Our City in Stereo: Eastside: Saturday, August 27, 7-10pm. This event will take place at The Rosewood Initiative (16126 SE Stark St). Please note this event does not take place at Newspace.
- Show and Tell: Gentrification in Portland: Sunday, September 18, 4-6pm. Presented with the Cascade Stereoscopic Club at Newspace.
- Community Discussion & Exhibition Outro: Gentrification in Portland: An Exhibition and an Issue: Saturday, October 1, 6 – 8pm. Followed by a closing reception.
For press inquiries, please contact Yaelle Amir at firstname.lastname@example.org
Top image: Sharita Towne, U.S. Bancorp Tower, South View. Courtesy the artist. Bottom image: Sharita Towne, Yard sign by Ignorant/Reflections. Courtesy the artist.