VOLUME is pleased to provide a temporary home to Analog Dissident, a monthly, non-hierarchical discussion gathering featuring work and work in progress by two queer/immigrant/radical/politically inclined artists. This month features the work of Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Samira Yamin.
Paul Mpagi Sepuya is a figure, a ground and the rest in unaccountable.
Samira Yamin is an inquirer, a rambler and an artist.
This is an invitation to queer/immigrant/radical/politically inclined artists and curators to get together once a month to engage critically around our work, outside of traditional art institutions, school, gallery openings and most importantly, outside of social media. We will bring our fleeting and digital interactions into a real time dialog in the analog world. Let’s discuss our work through our personal and collective experiences and our relationship to institutions, as well as issues of inclusion and exclusion, consensus, capitalism, security culture, immigration, citizenship, the environment, the art world. Let’s create a non-hierarchical space where we support each other, build relationships and possible collaboration opportunities. Where we exchange ideas and give mutual encouragement. Where we stay generous and open.
In a climate where there is less and less political agency, art should deal with issues that are traditionally considered politics, because ultimately everything is political. Our art practices have political agency when we question what is made visible and invisible and who is included and who is not, while challenging inequalities and traditional power structures. How do we approach this in the studio, and within our immediate community of friends and peers? How do we deal with oppressive systems and how do we dissent? Does our work reflect these issues either in its content or in the way it is shown? Do our politics and work align? What is at stake for us and why?
Our meetings feature work and work in progress by two artists in an informal, open studio visit. As a starting point for discussion, presenting artists will bring questions and ideas they are grappling with as they start or complete their work.