November 17, 2020

Mónica Rodríguez

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  • English Español Installation image, Commonwealth at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, 2020. In image: Mónica Rodríguez, Antilles for the Antilleans, 2020. Photo: David Hale Mónica Rodríguez’s project for Commonwealth is an extension of a larger project, Antilles for the Antilleans in…
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    November 17, 2020

    Duron Chavis

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  • English Español Installation image, Commonwealth at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, 2020. In image: Duron Chavis, Resiliency Garden, 2020. Photo: David Hale Food justice activist Duron Chavis believes that fresh, healthy food should be available to all: a form of common…
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    November 17, 2020

    Common Stakes – Local Perspectives: Institute for Contemporary Art

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  • English Español Summer Sessions Built Environment field research with Duron Chavis, Marshall Brown, Ryan Rinn (L-R back); Noah Simblist, Enjoli Moon, David Riley (L-R front), June 2019. Photo: Stephanie Smith For the ICA, Commonwealth brings up a number of important issues. First, the notion of…
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    November 17, 2020

    Common Stakes – Local Perspectives: Beta-Local

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  • English Español When Beta-Local was invited to participate in the collaborative Commonwealth project, our initial response was one of alarm. We went from being alarmed to considering the offer and then deciding to actively participate in it. To begin with, the concept of “commonwealth” means…
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    November 17, 2020

    Richmond Report

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  • English Español Before the George Floyd uprisings, Richmond’s Confederate monuments had seemed inviolable. On the rare occasions that someone burst their sacred bubble with a jagged, spray-painted tag, city or state officials would deploy cleaners to powerwash the grafitti  away. That protesters targeted those sites…
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    November 17, 2020

    Sharon Hayes

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  • English Español Excerpt from Ricerche: two (limited-time only) – Video Full Credits For Commonwealth, Sharon Hayes created a new work that extends her long interest in how intimate speech can also be political speech and in the interplay between one’s individual subjectivity and sense of…
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    November 17, 2020

    Tools for Uncertainty

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  • English Español Words have power – they can define, they can hurt, and they can compel action. Words can also have meaning and function beyond their intended use – like using a lighter to open a bottle. In these ways, words are tools. Inspired by…
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    November 16, 2020

    Common Stakes – Local Perspectives: Philadelphia Contemporary

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  • English Español A Philadelphia Contemporary Commonwealth Community Council meeting at The Bank. Photo: Philadelphia Contemporary Philadelphia Contemporary was founded in 2016 on the principle that partnerships across the city of Philadelphia and beyond it would strengthen and enrich its curatorial program. Since that time, we…
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    November 13, 2020

    Commonwealth: A Note from the Collaborators

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  • English Español Our project started as a simple line of questioning. Curators from three institutions, each based in a US political territory designated as a “commonwealth,” chose to think together about what that term actually means. In this partnership among Beta-Local (San Juan, PR), the…
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