The definition of exchange is: “The act of giving and taking, one thing in return for another.” Film Por Vida is an international exchange of photographic prints done entirely through the mail. After four years of operating the exchange,
artist Jai Tanju began to upload all of the mail he received on a blog dedicated to the project. Images were posted, showing both image side and address side. With the added traffic to the site Jai saw an instant jump in the amount of mail he was receiving- something he hoped for but never expected. Also, much to his surprise, all the members started to exchange
images amongst themselves!
The Print Exchange was started as one man’s desire to share his photographs with his friends. Based on Jai’s foundation, the program is now fueled by the contributions of others- all believing in the importance of art with a mutual understanding of what it means to be a community of artists. Curator Angela Boatwright and Film Por Vida take pride in promoting artists that take initiative and who foster a sense of involvement, and care for their community.
Film Por Vida: A Print Exchange Program will exhibit the collection of photographs Jai Tanju received though the mail during that 4 year period from hundreds of photographers artists and film lovers. They will be presented in plastic slips and attached to the wall via string so that the viewer can turn the image over to see both sides at his or her leisure. Also on display will be 15 individually framed images by a select group of major Film Por Vida contributors.
FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHERs: Ed Templeton, Joe Brook, Tobin Yelland, Sam Mlillianta, Dave Schubert, Dan Boulton, Takeshi Abe, Brandon Fonville, J.Siegel, Ken Nagahara, Weston Colton, Brad Westcot, Greg Hunt, Dennis McGrath, Bryce Kanights, Amanda Lopez, Tim Irwin, Isaac Randozzi, Mark Whiteley, Jai Tanju, Dave Franklin and Kingsley Ifill
“Film Por Vida: A Print Exchange Program,” curated by Angela Boatwright runs October 23 through November 27, 2010, at Fuse Gallery, 93 2nd Ave (between 5th & 6th Sts, 2nd Ave stop on the F), NYC, NY. The opening reception, on Saturday October 23rd, from 7 to 10 pm, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Fuse Gallery at 212.777.7988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.