Unpacking Social Practice Art: Collaboration in Art and Social Activism
Unpacking Social Practice Art: Collaboration in Art and Social Activism seeks to establish a foundational understanding of what social practice art is, what it looks like, and then connect that knowledge to an ongoing project in the Terre Haute community. Featuring Women on Waves, The Aravani Art Project, Ritual Fields A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful, and #OCCUPYWALLSTREET, this exhibition brings together a diverse group of contemporary social practice projects highlighting a range of social justice issues. Further, three of Matthew Mazzotta’s recent projects are also presented to help the Terre Haute community connect with the ongoing project in the Ryves Neighborhood. The spirit of Open House, a transforming theater in York, Alabama has been recreated in the gallery to give the audience an opportunity to feel how the power of the built environment can shape and affect our community. Additionally, this exhibition provides two opportunities for visitors to partake in participatory projects, a curated space to sit and dream together, as well as a fashion activism project.
Marking a significant departure from traditional art exhibitions, Unpacking Social Practice Art: Collaboration in Art and Social Activism explores this new art medium, or new social order as some prefer, and expands upon the perceived understanding of what art can look like and how it can affect our lives, locally, nationally, and internationally.