ICP brings together photographers, artists, students, and scholars to create and interpret the realm of the image. Here, members of this unique community are encouraged to explore photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment and as catalysts for wide-reaching social change.
Freedom From Reduction
For Freedoms is hosting a performance night on Friday, April 19th at 6:30 for Women and Femmes to use as a space for healing. We often focus on female empowerment stemming from the Me Too movement, without stopping to take consideration of the emotional labour and trauma this can have on survivors when these stories are repeated in the media in our daily, public lives. This night will encompass performance-- dance/movement, spoken word, comedy, art, as well as an open mic. It is meant to give women and femmes a creative space to grapple with these issues, creating a space to heal together. This event will be held on a Friday night after-hours, so be sure to follow us @forfreedoms on Instagram for access to the RSVP form. Photo By Stephen Ironside, and billboard by Zoe Buckman from My Silences Had Not Protected Me.
IN CONVERSATION: FOR FREEDOMS
ICP Museum 250 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 Join ICP and For Freedoms for a conversation with Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, cofounders of our collective, and our collaborators Emily Shur and Wyatt Gallery, on the role of art and visual representation in American civic life. We will discuss the ICP Museum exhibition For Freedoms: Where Do We Go From Here? and the 50 State Initiative, a nationwide project that orchestrated community happenings and actions across the country. This is a free event, but please register in advance. ICP Members have access to preferred seating in the reserved members’ section. The ICP Museum–public program combination ticket grants $10 entry to the galleries starting at 4:30 PM to those attending the program. Tickets are only available online when you register for the program. https://www.icp.org/events/in-conversation-for-freedoms
International Center for Photography to host "For Freedoms: Home and Abroad" Town Hall
The International Center for Photography will commence a townhall around the theme: "For Freedoms: Home and Abroad". This program will leverage ICP's important immigrant and international communities, especially at their School. Students in their teens and one-year-certificate program will be assigned to consider one of the freedoms, and how these crucial rights play out in the United States and throughout the world. Students will then attend the town hall, which will also be open to the public. Students will arrive prepared to discuss the four freedoms; this will seed the audience with active participants, while also cohering ICP'S schools and public programs around a single project. To supplement the town hall, students will also develop creative work around the four freedoms, with projects designed at the discretion of ICP instructors.
PACK OUR BAGS: an installation/performance by Elisa Hamilton
Pack Our Bags is an interactive installation in which the public is invited to help The Traveler pack a suitcase filled with the values that will lay the groundwork for our next world. In this exploratory installation, the public is encouraged to examine concept sculptures created by the artist and place the objects either in the suitcase for the Traveler to take, or on the floor to leave behind. All are also invited to examine and re-evaluate what others chose to pack, and to re-place objects as they deem necessary. This interactive piece debuted as part of "Interstellar Sanctuary" at the Mills Gallery, Boston in Spring of 2018, and was redeveloped for "Nine Moments for Now" at the Cooper Gallery, Cambridge in Fall of 2018.
RE-STATING THE UNION
In response to Franklin D.Roosevelt’s iconic 1941 State of the Union Address—popularly known as his “Four Freedoms” address—artists, writers, and political thinkers offer reflections on the state of our union, and our freedoms, in 2019. During the final 30 minutes of the program, we transform the space into an open mic, and audience members are invited to offer their own performative responses to the Four Freedoms. Participating artists include Dread Scott, Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere, Maya Binyam, Ken Chen, Nvram Finkelstein, Katie Pearl, Michele Pred, Amy Khoshbin, Sonia Guiñansaca, Melanie Crean, and Demian DinéYazhi. This is a free event, but please register in advance. ICP Members have access to preferred seating in our reserved members’ section. https://www.icp.org/events/re-stating-the-union
Workshop: How to Make a Difference With Your Photography
March 29th 3-5pm Age requirement: 15 years Limited to 12 participants. First come first serve; RSVP to [email protected] For Freedoms team member and award-winning published photographer, Wyatt Gallery will host a workshop to explore how to have an impact in your community using photography. All levels welcome, however, participants must be over 15 years old to attend and must be prepared to bring in prints or digital images to show in this critique and conversational-style workshop.