Exhibition Opening: Sharita Towne | Our City In Stereo

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Exhibition Opening: Sharita Towne | Our City In Stereo
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Newspace Center for Photography says
Exhibition dates: July 29 – October 1 , 2016
Opening reception: Friday, August 5, 6-8pm

*The Cascade Stereoscopic Club will offer a short demo, 'Introduction to Stereoscopic (3D) Photography' from 7:00 to 7:30pm.
Check bit.ly/NSupcoming for info on related programs.

Our City in Stereo, a project led by local artist Sharita Towne, combines the old medium of stereo views with stereo interviews to explore the topic of gentrification in Portland. The project relies heavily on community collaboration and site-specific conversation, featuring extensive interviews with local residents—teachers, artists, organizers, and local business owners. In this way, viewers can see in depth, but also hear in depth how gentrification operates and the ways in which people contend with it. This combination brings us to a third depth—a conceptual depth—in a rapidly changing city.

The exhibition at Newspace will invite viewers to engage with stereography in different forms, spanning from early twentieth-century stereoscopic viewers to modern-day stereo technology. Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear stories and testimonials by Portland residents who have witnessed and experienced firsthand the changes to their immediate surroundings, and contribute their own experiences and points of view into an interactive timeline. Our City in Stereo will release a tri-weekly podcast throughout the exhibition that can be found at www.ourcityinstereo.com (URL will be activated in conjunction with exhibition opening).

Schedule of podcast release:
August 20: Episode 1 available online (includes gallery audio + more)
September 10: Episode 2 available online
October 1: Episode 3 available online

About the artist:
Sharita Towne works collaboratively in research, education, print media, video, and socially engaged art projects. She’s pursued work at concentration camp memorials in Germany, at Saharawi Refugee camps in Algeria, in Brazil, Chile, Spain, Palestine, and gentrifying cities like Portland. Her work takes place in museums, schools, print shops, community centers, neighborhoods, and within her own family. Towne works within the collective URe:AD Press (United Re:Public of the African Diaspora) and the postcolonial conceptual karaoke band Weird Allan Kaprow. She currently teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art and is 2015 Art Matters Grantee.

About the Gentrification in Portland residency 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. Towne’s project Our City in Stereo was selected and developed in residence at Newspace and C3:Initiative from January to July 2016 for an exhibition in summer 2016 at Newspace.
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By: Newspace Center for Photography

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