Holle Cambodia, Dispatch & The Tract House @ ThreeWalls
Holle Cambodia a project by Anne Elizabeth Moore
Dispatch a threewalls a project organized by Shannon Stratton
The Tract House a project by Lisa Anne Auerbach
February 20th, 2009, 6-9pm
Curator’s Talk with Anne Elizabeth Moore:
March 26th, 2009, 6pm
On View until March 27th, 2009
CHICAGO: threewalls has organized three exhibitions for view during the 2009 Southern Graphics Council that focus on print as a medium for social change and political rhetoric. The gallery will feature Anne Elizabeth Moore’s Holle Cambodia, a document of work Moore did while Phnom Penh, coordinating a self-publishing project with 32 young Cambodian women; Dispatch a (small) sampling of the many DIY political T-shirts Americans have been self-producing to reaction to recent politics, and especially in support of favored candidates; and The Tract House a group of tracts organized by Lisa Anne Auerbach, designed by Roman Jester and written by artists and activists through-out the country.
Holle Cambodia, on view in the front gallery, is the first in-depth exhibition of the innovative self-publishing effort undertaken by Anne Elizabeth Moore in Phnom Penh. Featuring the group’s zines, on topics as diverse as agriculture, women’s issues, spirituality, education, health care, and the country’s unique and disturbing genocidal history, the show will also house the international debut of the collaborative book New Girl Law, a rewrite of a traditional Khmer text that prescribes proper girl behavior. New Girl Law is a hand-bound, letter-pressed demand for human rights and a captivating vision of Cambodia. (Find out more at http://camblogdia.blogspot.com.)
Grass roots campaigning was the buzz word for the Obama election in a cultural climate where DIY, craft and micro-industry are once again popular as a labor-movement. Dispatch, in the back gallery, is an exhibition of DIY political T-shirts submitted by citizens around the country, made by both professional and non-professional or never-before artists and designers. The latest election inspired an unprecedented number of DIY political T-shirts, worn, given away and sold; with millions of dollars spent (and made) on elections, these printers wore their opinion on their sleeves, designed ‘free’ propaganda or even turned a profited. Dispatch draws attention to how artwork and micro-industry became an important form of participation in a millennial political process where capitalist style branding and grass-roots were not-so-strange bedfellows.
The Tract House is a 'spread the word' project by artist Lisa Anne Auerbach in collaboration with graphic design by Roman Jester. Debuting at the Contemporary Museum in Baltmore in May of 2008, The Tract House has since traveled to Printed Matter in New York City before paying our project room a visit. The Tract House tracts were written by friends, friend-of-friends, neighbors, acquaintances and visitors to The Tract House website. While most popular tracts are religious, The Tract House are nearly everything else: manifestos, diatribes, stories, rants, poems and lyrics, personal, professional, political, domestic, local and global. Visitors to threewalls are encouraged to peruse the many tracts and take home what they wish as well as visiting The Tract House website to print the tracts on their home printers. It is hoped that the tracts will educate, activate, infuriate, obfuscate, titillate, inspire, upset, and irritate. The tracts can be treasured or passed on, crumpled in disgust or venerated, folded up and put through the laundry, or left on a car windshield.
Please join us March 26th at 6pm for a curator’s talk with Anne Elizabeth Moore and to hear more about her project in Phnom Penh. Zine workshops with Moore will also be held on March 7th and 8th, please check the website for more information.
threewalls is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to contemporary art practice and discourse. Through the residency program(s), SOLO project and quarterly publication Paper and Carriage, threewalls aims to provide opportunities for experimentation, chance, critical dialogue and context for artists, curators and writers who are at pivotal points in their careers.