Cutting-edge video art given dedicated platform at PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco

© SOPHIE CLEMENTS, How We Fall (video still), 2017, Courtesy of the artist.

Connected, a new annual exhibition dedicated to contemporary video and new media art, will launch at the second edition of PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco next February, 2018.

The inaugural Connected exhibition is titled The Channel of Democracy: Womanhood, Power & Freedom in Video ArtCurated by Justin Hoover of Collective Active Studio, 16 female and queer artists will be presented, each who challenge social issues in visually powerful and political ways.

Featured video artworks will be screened in a purpose-built darkened space, unlike the traditional art fair environment. The 90-minute loop will include stop-motion animation, performances made for cinema, three-dimensional computer-generated music videos and more conventional cinematic art films.

Highlights will include:

  • Built to Burst by American artist Kate Gilmore; a video in which the artist climbs through a custom-made set, breaking ceramic vessels of paint and altering the scene.
  • Palestinian-Lebanese-American artist Zeina Barakeh presents her new stop-motion animation, Slam Bang Blue, which addresses the mechanisms of war and the polarization of contemporary politics.
  • Iranian-American artist Shiva Ahmadi (Haines Gallery, San Francisco) presents Ascend, an animation exploring the horrors and violence of oppression through the metamorphosis of communities in turmoil though
  • The premier of British artist Sophie Clements’ newest work, How We Fall (2017).  The piece observes a single moment of change from multitudinous camera angles – falling and exploding cement – as a metaphor for how cities, governments and humans all eventually fall.

The group exhibition will be completed by Monet Clark, Zen Cohen, Fernanda D'Agostino, Lydia Greer, Allison Leigh Holt, Laura Kim, Kadet Kuhne, Violeta Luna, Klea McKenna, Liz Miller, Tiffany Trenda and Merav Tzur.

See more here.