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Artists: Basil AlZeri, Swapnaa Tamhane
Curator: Vicky Moufawad-Paul
Exhibition runs February 26 – March 26, 2016
Opening Reception Friday, February 26, 7-9 PM
Presented by A Space Gallery

Protectives is an exhibition that ruminates on old and new tools for protection. A matrix of events within the last decade—including unspeakable violence, climate change, near economic collapse, increased migrants and refugees—have given rise to an “age of anxiety.” In this context of global fear, in which governments are trading in citizen’s freedoms and rights for so-called security, how do individuals calculate risk and strive for protection? Artists Basil AlZeri and Swapnaa Tamhane were invited to consider transhistorical and transcultural impulses to protect one’s body, one’s family, and other perceived forms of community. They were asked to think about protection from whom, for whom, and with what resources. The projects they have developed for this exhibition provide touch points from their experiences and research by engaging strategies of affection, empathy, the everyday, irony, and institutional critique. This two-person show is a gesture toward what it might mean to mobilize apparatuses of protection.

Image Credit: Swapnaa Tamhane, Nazar, 2016

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By: A Space Gallery

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