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Project Native Informant will participate in CONDO New York 2019, presenting for the first time the drawings of Kenneth ...
23/06/2019

Project Native Informant will participate in CONDO New York 2019, presenting for the first time the drawings of Kenneth Bergfeld, new paintings by Sean Steadman and the American premiere of BCE, a collaborative film between Sophia Al-Maria and Victoria Sin, recently shown at their solo project at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. We look forward to welcoming you to Condo New York @ Foxy Production, co-shared with Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich. #kennethbergfeld #seansteadman #sophiaalmaria #victoriasin #projectnativeinformant #newyorkcondo #foxyproduction #gregorstaiger

Morag Keil participates in the group exhibition Digital Gothic @  CAC - la synagogue de Delme opening the evening of Fri...
19/06/2019

Morag Keil participates in the group exhibition Digital Gothic @ CAC - la synagogue de Delme opening the evening of Friday 21 June 2019 and continuing till 29 September 2019. The exhibition Digital Gothic brings together artworks showing the resurgence (but especially the continuity) of sombre imagination, dark romanticism and the Goth aesthetic, in this time of widespread crises, marked by the effect of digital technologies and the internet’s increasing pervasiveness in the life of the global population over the past twenty-five years. #moragkeil @benoitlamydelachapelle @cac_synagoguedelme

Project Native Informant @ Art Basel showing a solo presentation of two series by Hal Fischer not seen since the early 1...
14/06/2019

Project Native Informant @ Art Basel showing a solo presentation of two series by Hal Fischer not seen since the early 1980s.
18th near Castro Street x 24 (1978) is a hybrid of performance, photography and portraiture. From 9AM to 8AM the next day, Fischer took a photograph of a bus stop bench on the corner near 18th and Castro Street in the heart of San Francisco’s gay village inhabited “with characters Arbus might have found intriguing”: from men cruising to locals gossiping, commuters waiting for the bus with shopping bags, and young adults smoking pot and drinking beer. Each hour Fischer returns to the same bench, encountering a different tableau described in the stories accompanying each image. Along the way, the artist cruises, catches up with friends, and gets increasingly drunk and high along the way. Fischer upends the temporality of photography to document more than just a finite moment of time, interjecting his own autobiography and affect into the image.

Boy-Friends (1979) consists of ten diptych photos and text; each image is of a man with a black cross bar hiding the eyes, akin to salacious photographs of tabloid magazines. The portraits suggest a great deal of intimacy: some of the men are nude while others look towards the camera in a friendly way. Each text includes a succinct title of the man in question—“the Hippie”, “the European Visitor”, “the Merchant down the street”, an extension of the archetypes of Gay Semiotics—a classification code noting date and location of meeting—a kind of sexual Dewey Decimal system—and a description of the subject. A living document of a time of sexual liberation, 18th near Castro Street x 24 and Boy-Friends together compose an autobiographical ethnography, personal moments in between historical bookmarks. #halfischer #projectnativeinformant #artbasel @hal.fischer @artbasel @ Messe Basel

Project Native Informant @ Art Basel showing a solo presentation of two series by Hal Fischer not seen since the early 1...
13/06/2019

Project Native Informant @ Art Basel showing a solo presentation of two series by Hal Fischer not seen since the early 1980s.
18th near Castro Street x 24 (1978) is a hybrid of performance, photography and portraiture. From 9AM to 8AM the next day, Fischer took a photograph of a bus stop bench on the corner near 18th and Castro Street in the heart of San Francisco’s gay village inhabited “with characters Arbus might have found intriguing”: from men cruising to locals gossiping, commuters waiting for the bus with shopping bags, and young adults smoking pot and drinking beer. Each hour Fischer returns to the same bench, encountering a different tableau described in the stories accompanying each image. Along the way, the artist cruises, catches up with friends, and gets increasingly drunk and high along the way. Fischer upends the temporality of photography to document more than just a finite moment of time, interjecting his own autobiography and affect into the image.

Boy-Friends (1979) consists of ten diptych photos and text; each image is of a man with a black cross bar hiding the eyes, akin to salacious photographs of tabloid magazines. The portraits suggest a great deal of intimacy: some of the men are nude while others look towards the camera in a friendly way. Each text includes a succinct title of the man in question—“the Hippie”, “the European Visitor”, “the Merchant down the street”, an extension of the archetypes of Gay Semiotics—a classification code noting date and location of meeting—a kind of sexual Dewey Decimal system—and a description of the subject. A living document of a time of sexual liberation, 18th near Castro Street x 24 and Boy-Friends together compose an autobiographical ethnography, personal moments in between historical bookmarks. #halfischer #projectnativeinformant #artbasel @hal.fischer @artbasel @ Messe Basel

Flo Brooks | Arts Council Collection
12/06/2019
Flo Brooks | Arts Council Collection

Flo Brooks | Arts Council Collection

The work of Flo Brooks spans painting, collage, drawing and sculpture. His works represent numerous thoughts, experiences and themes that are often autobiographical, referencing family, communities and coming-of-age. Bringing together notions of cleanliness, normativity and morality by way of dramat...

Images now online for DIS, “A Good Crisis” @ Project Native Informant   till 21 September 2019.This PSA (Public Serv...
12/06/2019

Images now online for DIS, “A Good Crisis” @ Project Native Informant till 21 September 2019.

This PSA (Public Service Announcement) trilogy, produced 10 years after the 2008 global financial crisis, is composed of three chapters drawing on the missed opportunity for economic revolution.

By the time the teen drama Gossip Girl first aired on September 19, 2007, the subprime mortgage crisis that triggered the Great Recession of the early 21st century was well underway. One year later, as the Bush administration announced a bailout plan, four million Americans tuned in to watch the aspirational lifestyles of the show’s wealthy characters. This was the same year that then-candidate Barack Obama campaigned on a promise of hope. Obama Baroque explores the decadence that thrived in entertainment media during this period of economic upheaval.

Giving the exhibition its title, A Good Crisis features the Night King from HBO’s Game of Thrones discussing the missed opportunity for economic revolution following the mid-2000s global financial crisis. He explains how financiers and CEOs now revel in the feudal frenzy of the “new rentership society,” a term propagated by private equity firms to explain the economic shift that has seen the renter population of the United States soar in the aftermath of the 2008 housing crash.

The future of sexual liberation is cyborgization. IUDs blur body and device; Truvada’s chemical logic muddies the negative/positive bifurcation as part of a brave new world of the undetectable and the uninfectable. Does this pharmaceutical realism make us more reckless, promiscuous? Do we care? There is no sexual freedom, nor any freedom at all, without access to base material needs. But perhaps there is a PrEP for economic insecurity. Proponents of Universal Basic Income suggest giving everyone enough cash to get by might inoculate us against the global pandemic that is capitalism—but if money stays in the equation, is this virus going anywhere? #dis #projectnativeinformant @dis @ Project Native Informant

Flo Brooks and Juliana Huxtable participate in “Kiss My Genders” @ The Hayward Gallery. 12 June - 8 September 2019.H...
11/06/2019

Flo Brooks and Juliana Huxtable participate in “Kiss My Genders” @ The Hayward Gallery. 12 June - 8 September 2019.

Hayward Gallery presents Kiss My Genders, a group exhibition celebrating more than 30 international artists whose work explores and engages with gender identity.

Spanning the past 50 years, Kiss My Genders brings together over 100 artworks by artists from around the world who employ a wide range of approaches to articulate and engage with gender fluidity, as well as with non-binary, trans and intersex identities.

Working across photography, painting, sculpture, installation and video, many of the artists in Kiss My Genders move beyond a conventional understanding of the body, and in doing so open up new possibilities for gender, beauty and representations of the human form.

Exhibition title taken from ‘Transome’ by Planningtorock, licensed courtesy of Domino Publishing Company Limited.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue featuring original essays by Amrou Al-Kadhi, Paul Clinton, Charlie Fox, Jack Halberstam, Manuel Segade and Susan Stryker, an excerpt from Renate Lorenz’s influential Queer Art: A Freak Theory, and poetry by Travis Alabanza, Jay Bernard, Nat Raha and Tarek Lakhrissi. The catalogue also features a roundtable discussion between a number of participating artists and the exhibition’s guest curator Vincent Honoré. #flobrooks #julianahuxtable #haywardgallery #vincentehonore @flobrooks @julianahuxtable @vincenthonore @hayward.gallery @ Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre

Hal Fischer18th near Castro Street x 24 | Boy-FriendsProject Native Informant @ Art BaselBooth T2Previews  11 - 12 June ...
07/06/2019

Hal Fischer
18th near Castro Street x 24 | Boy-Friends
Project Native Informant @ Art Basel
Booth T2

Previews 11 - 12 June 2019
Public Days 13 - 16 June 2019

A seminal figure in 1970s conceptual photography, Hal Fischer presents two bodies of work unseen since the 1980s. Well known for the iconic Gay Semiotics (1977), the artist captured the sprit of a generation of gay men active between the birth of the modern gay rights movement ignited by the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots, and the eruption of the AIDS pandemic in the early 1980s.

18th near Castro Street x 24 (1978) is a hybrid of performance, photography and portraiture. From 9AM to 8AM the next day, Fischer took a photograph of a bus stop bench on the corner near 18th and Castro Street in the heart of San Francisco’s gay village inhabited “with characters Arbus might have found intriguing”: from men cruising to locals gossiping, commuters waiting for the bus with shopping bags, and young adults smoking pot and drinking beer. Each hour Fischer returns to the same bench, encountering a different tableau described in the stories accompanying each image. Along the way, the artist cruises, catches up with friends, and gets increasingly drunk and high along the way.

Boy-Friends (1979) consists of ten diptych photos and text; each image is of a man with a black cross bar hiding the eyes, akin to salacious photographs of tabloid magazines. The portraits suggest a great deal of intimacy: some of the men are nude while others look towards the camera in a friendly way. Each text includes a succinct title of the man in question—“the Hippie”, “the European Visitor”, “the Merchant down the street”, an extension of the archetypes of Gay Semiotics—a classification code noting date and location of meeting—a kind of sexual Dewey Decimal system—and a description of the subject. A living document of a time of sexual liberation, 18th near Castro Street x 24 and Boy-Friends together compose an autobiographical ethnography, personal moments in between historical bookmarks. #halfischer #projectnativeinformant #artbasel @hal.fischer @artbasel @ Messe Basel

Last day for Sophia Al Maria, “Mirror Cookie” @ Fondazione Pomodoro, Milan. Chinese-American actress Bai Ling (The C...
31/05/2019

Last day for Sophia Al Maria, “Mirror Cookie” @ Fondazione Pomodoro, Milan. Chinese-American actress Bai Ling (The Crow, Sharknado 5: Global Swarming, Entourage, Wild Wild West) is the protagonist of the installation Mirror Cookie (2018). Sophia Al-Maria sought to work with an actor who is a veteran and survivor of the misogyny industrial complex of Hollywood. Inspired by Bai’s apparent indifference to the racism, homophobia and sexism of the violent gaze she is subjected to in social and tabloid media, the installation invites Bai to explore the boundaries of the in-screen matrix she occupies. The presentation seeks to free her public persona from the abjection projected onto her in the popular imagination of tabloids such as TMZ whose stock-in-trade is to troll.

A fan of Bai Ling’s blog since the early 2000s, Al-Maria was curious about a recurring motif in Bai’s posts referencing ‘cookie’. For a long time Sophia assumed that this ‘cookie’ was a person, perhaps a secret lover. But in fact Bai was writing positive, loving self-affirmations. Mirror Cookie takes a collection of Bai’s ‘cookies’ and organizes them into a disjointed monologue referencing the self-help practice of ‘mirror work’. This slowly becomes an impassioned improvisation delivered directly to camera, as if the fourth wall she is breaking is a reflection.

Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro's presentation of Mirror Cookie marks Al-Maria's first solo exhibition in Italy. Mirror Cookie is co-produced between Anna Lena Films and Project Native Informant London. #fondazionepomodoro #sophiaalmaria #bailing #mirrorcookie #annalenafilms @0donyadolma0 @iambailing @annalenafilms @cloeperrone @fondazione_arnaldo_pomodoro @ Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro

25/05/2019

DIS
A Good Crisis

5 June - 21 September 2019
Opening 4 June 2019 18:00 - 20:00

in collaboration with the public preview of Áine McBride, "~ set" @ mother's tankstation london

After Party at the
The Queen Adelaide, 483 Hackney Rd, London E2 9ED
20:00 - late
#dis #projectnativeinformant

Review of Kenneth Bergfeld, "I, Spider" @ Project Native Informant written by Antonia Marsh published in AnOther magazin...
22/05/2019
Antonia Marsh: The Vibrant Retrofuturism of Kenneth Bergfeld’s Paintings

Review of Kenneth Bergfeld, "I, Spider" @ Project Native Informant written by Antonia Marsh published in AnOther magazine:

"Oozing retrofuturism, the figure in Bergfeld’s larger canvases ignores or retracts from the picture plane, while in the smaller busts they seem to nonchalantly lean into our personal space. Vibrant, uncomfortably unusual hues and shiny, plastic textures suspend the paintings in an animated space of non-reality. This mysterious figure, not so much confrontational as aloof, perpetuates an inner inaccessibility through a glossy exterior veneer. But why repeat this one figure? Besides painting, Bergfeld works in music and animation film, both disciplines that engage with activities of repetition. In an interview with Christina Irrgang, Bergfeld explains that “repetition creates ‘cracks’ in our everyday lives and is a form of change in itself”. Repetition constitutes a marker of change and progress, of time passing between identical actions. By repeating this single figure, Bergfeld tracks the change in himself as he moves through time. “I didn’t want to solidify my identity as a young artist, but instead sought out the immersion into Androgynous Angel and locate myself through painting views of Androgynous Angel. I felt like committing to Androgynous Angel, not as a painting, but as a person.” Extending this assertion in her essay Scrambled Aches, Jessica Gispert writes “Kenneth Bergfeld’s Androgynous Angel series depicts an array of characters portraying fragments of his subconscious… One could even say these figures represent Bergfeld himself… The artist existing inside of his paintings.” Approaching this figure from multiple perspectives, whether pictorial or psychological, seems to allow the artist to navigate and examine a more complex understanding of himself. "

https://www.anothermag.com/art-photography/11722/antonia-marsh-the-vibrant-retrofuturism-of-kenneth-bergfelds-paintings

In the latest instalment of her column, curator Antonia Marsh considers the aloof, mysterious figure that appears again and again in the work of Kenneth Bergfeld

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21/05/2019

Project Native Informant's cover photo

PNI is looking for invigilators on these dates: June 14-15, 20-21, 19-20 July 12:00 - 18:00 6 hours per day. PAID!!! If ...
21/05/2019

PNI is looking for invigilators on these dates: June 14-15, 20-21, 19-20 July 12:00 - 18:00 6 hours per day. PAID!!! If available for 1 or more days, please send an email with the subject heading "invigilator" and a CV attached to [email protected] by 30 May 2019. Please spread the word. Thank you!

Hal Fischer's presentation of two series of works--Boy-Friends and 18th and Castro Street--produced in close proximity a...
17/05/2019
Reality, unchained: photographers to (re)discover at Art Basel

Hal Fischer's presentation of two series of works--Boy-Friends and 18th and Castro Street--produced in close proximity after his iconic series Gay Semiotics, featured as part of Art Basel's coverage of photography at the 2019 fair. We look forward to welcoming you in three weeks!

https://www.artbasel.com/news/five-photographers-to-discover-from-czech-republic-to-dubai

From 1950s Czech Republic to contemporary Dubai, photography is set to make a splash come June

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