Benjamin Fredrickson invites you to his Pop-Up Studio as part of the Visual AIDS summer exhibition Ephemera As Evidence. The installation’s interior mirrors that of Fredrickson’s personal apartment studio. He welcomes subjects to be photographed in his temporary home away from home. Join him for a moment or two of spontaneous creativity and become part of this exciting instant photo project.

Sessions are held by appointment only during normal gallery hours.

For further information and to sign up for an appointment please email Benjamin directly at benjamin.fredrickson@gmail.com.


ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
Ephemera As Evidence, curated by Joshua Lubin-Levy & Ricardo Montez for Visual AIDS, featuring D-L Alvarez, Kia Labeija, Vincent Chevalier, Rosson Crow, Luke Dowd, Chloe Dzubilo, Benjamin Fredrickson, Tony Just, Kevin McCarty, Nancer LeMoins, Charles Long, Eric Rhein, Michael Slocum, Jack Smith, Hugh Steers, Julie Tolentino & Clit Club Archive, Conrad Ventur, Jack Waters & Peter Cramer, James Wentzy and Jessica Whitbread.

JUNE 5 - 29, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 6-9 PM
W/ PERFORMANCE BY NAO BUSTAMANTE & JASON MARTIN

Taking its title from a 1996 essay written by José Esteban Muñoz (1967-2013), Ephemera as Evidence brings together visual art, performance, and pedagogical projects that evidence past lives and future possibilities in the work of artists confronting HIV/AIDS. Thinking through the ephemeral as necessary to the political life of HIV, the exhibition acknowledges a larger history of silence and erasure while at the same time making salient strategies for survival and worldmaking potentials in the face of a violently phobic public sphere. Yet, to consider ephemera in the social and cultural life of HIV/AIDS today is to consider both the burden and blessing of continued life. Within our contemporary moment the question is not merely one of survival but of how survival reverberates beyond the immediacy of a crisis. The works in this show ask us to consider how changing demographics of those affected by HIV/AIDS and the resulting reorientations to crisis force new kinds of temporalities in an engagement with both the past and the future.

Ephemera As Evidence is organized according to three distinct yet interrelated modes of worldmaking—performance, intimacy, and pedagogy. The ephemeral projects collected and staged throughout the run of the show index loss and longing central to queer worlds and social formations. They help to challenge notions of inauthenticity often associated with the ephemeral, not merely using traces to reconstruct a past but also to imagine pasts or futures both longed for and lost, finding new ways to tell untold stories. We present opportunities for visitors to visually and somatically engage with the art works and have constructed an explicitly performative experience in which ephemeral elements reinforce the materiality of the exhibition space as an ever-shifting environment, continually reconstituted in relation to each body that passes through it. Showcasing moments of live performance, evidence of its potential and absence, and student encounters in the archive, the exhibit explores powerful modes of learning that arise in the apprehension of slippery and contingent realities.

Benjamin Fredrickson