Microscope Gallery Artists News - June 18, 2023

Arts and Entertainment

June 20, 2023

From: Microscope Gallery

Peggy Ahwesh

"Worldbuilding: Gaming and Art in the digital age"
Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist
June 10, 2023 - January 15, 2024
Centre Pompidou-Metz, France

Peggy Ahwesh's 2001 groundbreaking video "She Puppet" is included in "Worldbuilding" a group exhibition addressing gaming, according to Obrist “the biggest mass phenomenon of our time."

"Many people spend hours every day in a parallel world and live a multitude of different lives. Video games are to the twenty-first century what movies were to the twentieth century and novels to the nineteenth century.” - HUO

More information HERE

Ina Archer

"The Armory Show"
September 8-10, 2023
Javits Center, New York

We are very pleased to announce the gallery's participation in the The Armory Show 2023 with a solo booth of works by Ina Archer, which will appear in the Focus Section, curated by Candice Hopkins.

More information HERE
Ayanna Dozier

Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art
We are pleased to announce that Ayanna Dozier's film "Nightwalker" (2022) has been acquired by the Whitney Museum of American Art for its Permanent Collection.

"Throughout various artistic and literary works, the topology of the night shines as a source of inspiration for the sublime, uncanny encounters, and a space of quiet introspection of the self for male cultural producers. For women, however, the night brings upon a cascading blanket of harm, surveillance, and terror. Scholar Linda Williams attributes this dread of the night to both real world and cinematic depictions of violence against women that occurs after the sun goes down. To be a woman who walks alone at night then is an anomaly for women who walk at night are systemically associated with sex work by state and city laws. These “nightwalker” codes disproportionately target Black femmes or women who “make a display” by wearing clothing that can be deemed risqué by an arresting officer.” - Ayanna Dozier

"American Gurl"
Curated by Zehra Zehra and Kilo Kish
June 24 - July 30, 2023
Hauser & Wirth, Downtown Los Angeles
Ayanna Dozier’s "Forever Your Girl" (2022) appears in the exhibition "American Gurl," a project by Womxn in Windows curated by Zehra Zehra and Kilo Kish that investigates "how various expressions of film and video can draw on perspectives to create more inclusive and tolerant communities and futures through aesthetics, poetics, sound and pop culture.”

More information HERE
Tenzin Phuntsog

"Forms of Awakening: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection of Himalayan Art"
August 19 - December 10, 2023
Tang Teaching Museum & Art Gallery
Saratoga Springs, New York
Tenzin Phuntsog's single-channel 4k video "Pure Land" (2022) and several video sculptures — which reference “Gau” prayer boxes and feature footage shared between his relatives in Tibet and his family in the US through the app WeChat —  are among works by contemporary artists in the exhibit "Forms of Awakening: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection of Himalayan Art," curated by Ben Bogin with Rachel Seligman and Ariana Maki.

More information HERE
"12th Seoul Media City Biennale: THIS TOO, IS A MAP"
Curated by Rachael Rakes
September 21 - November 19, 2023
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
Tenzin Phuntsog's video work "Pure Land" (2022) will be exhibited at the 12th Seoul Mediacity Biennale, curated by Rachael Rakes, at the Seoul Museum of Art, Korea.

About the show:

"Developed to imagine the global aesthetics of the non-territorial – from physical and cultural displacements and replacements, to “unseen” infrastructures and media, to co-situated solidarities – the project focuses on alternative concepts of mediating and relating through diasporas and social ecologies that live outside of borders.” — Press Release Mediacity Biennale

More information HERE
Ezra Wube

"The Myth of Normal: A Celebration of Authentic Expression"
Curated by Mari Spirito
October 5, 2023 - May 19, 2024
MassArt Art Museum, Boston
Ezra Wube's video work "Una Favolosa Storia (A True Fairytale)” (2020) is featured in "The Myth of Normal: A Celebration of Authentic Expression," curated by Mari Spirito, a group exhibition at MassArt Art Museum celebrating the 150th anniversary of the MassArt college.

The stop-motion animation of paintings made with plasticine, grapples with the history of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia. Set against radiant Ethiopian landscapes are images recreated by the artist from historical materials of fascist propaganda promoting the invasion such as posters, school notebooks, and table games, among others. The colorful and playful animations reshape the underlying atrocious narrative into one resembling that of a fairytale.

More info HERE

Marni Kotak

Elephant Magazine
"My Child, My Masterpiece"
By Gwyneth Giller
May 31, 2023
"For centuries, art has utilised the image of mothers or mothers-to-be as a symbol of fertility. Maternity has been represented in art since the beginning of time, but never in a way that resonated with actual mothers. It’s taken an army of contemporary artists like Marni Kotak, Catherine Opie and Mary Kelly to dismantle these preconceived artistic notions."

Full article HERE