FEMINIST BORDER ARTS FILM FESTIVAL

RESORT, a video co-created with Susanne Slavick, is included in:

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New Mexico State University University Art Gallery

March 12, 2018 from 10am-6pm

A second screening event occurs on April 16, 2018 from 6pm-8:30pm at the CMI Theater Milton Hall 171 on the campus of NMSU. Sponsored by the Gender & Sexuality Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies Department, and the Creative Media Institute. 

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THE PARTICULAR PAST

A group show curated by Paul M. Nicholson

Martin Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA                                          

February 14 – April 30, 2018

Image: Andrew Ellis Johnson, Still from STREWN2015

Features work by Tom Bendtsen, Foeiqua, Sharka Hyland, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Bang Geul Han, Donald Porcaro, Jessica Posner, Jessica Walker. 

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UP IN ARMS

Andrew Ellis Johnson's video Massacre of the Innocents is included in UP IN ARMS at Zilkha Gallery South at Wesleyan University.

In Up in Arms, Artists Engage in Dialogue on Gun-Related Violence, by Mae Davies in The Wesleyan Argus.

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No Vacation: 'Resort' is a voyage of ‘empathic unsettlement’

RESORT, a two person show by Andrew Ellis Johnson and Susanne Slavick at The Fed Galleries at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, previewed in this REVUE article by Marla Miller.

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UNLOADED at Harris Gallery, University of La Verne, CA

Massacre of the Innocents and Rehearsal are included in UNLOADED, a group show organized by Susanne Slavick that explores historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use, and impact of guns in our culture. 

Harris Gallery, University of La Verne, CA

September 5 - October 26, 2017

Curator's Lecture, Thursday, September 14, 6PM, Campus Center Ballroom A

Reception: Thursday, September 14, 7PM, Harris Gallery

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RESORT

Work by Andrew Ellis Johnson and Susanne Slavick

November 7, 2017  –January 31, 2018
The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Opening Reception: November 7, 5-7pm

Artists Talk: November 7, 6:30pm

https://www.kcad.edu/events/resort/

GATEWAY TO FREEDOM

Curated by Thalia Vrachopoulos, as part of Back to Athens 5, Athens, Greece, June 8 -30, 2017

http://cheapart.gr/gateway-to-freedom-back-to-athens-2017/

                          

  CHOKE: WITNESS FOR PEACE  2017  Wooden baseball bat, epoxy filler, glass eyes, 33 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches   The original version was made in 1998 but is now lost. Reconstructed in 2017.    Glass eyes courtesy of  Tohickon Glass Eyes   with special thanks to Antonio Alfaro.  On June 17, 1999, National Public Radio reported on British paratroopers who had found a baseball bat in a torture chamber in Pristina, Kosovo. The bat was inscribed with the label "mouth-shutter.”  The existence of torture and its tools persists, despite so many eyewitness accounts and exposes. It is practiced before, during and after wars, overtly and covertly. Those it would harm flee if they can, joining refugees who seek a fundamental safety that home and state no longer provide. Borders define who lives and dies as we watch, eyes wide open. Witnessing without action is the choke—vision squandered and humanity abandoned amongst the rhetorical handwringing.  “But witnesses incur responsibilities, as anyone who has ever seen a traffic accident and had to go to court to testify, knows. In the new world of globally televised war crimes, the defence of 'not knowing,' or neutrality, will dissolve for everyone. To be a witness or bystander is not a value-free choice but, inadvertently, a moral position; and in this sense the 'guilt' of people who live with the memory of crimes committed by members of their families, or communities, has been unwittingly extended to everyone who watches appalling pictures on the news.”  ―  Erna Paris ,  Long Shadows: Truth, Lies and History

CHOKE: WITNESS FOR PEACE 2017

Wooden baseball bat, epoxy filler, glass eyes, 33 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches

The original version was made in 1998 but is now lost. Reconstructed in 2017.

Glass eyes courtesy of Tohickon Glass Eyes with special thanks to Antonio Alfaro.

On June 17, 1999, National Public Radio reported on British paratroopers who had found a baseball bat in a torture chamber in Pristina, Kosovo. The bat was inscribed with the label "mouth-shutter.”

The existence of torture and its tools persists, despite so many eyewitness accounts and exposes. It is practiced before, during and after wars, overtly and covertly. Those it would harm flee if they can, joining refugees who seek a fundamental safety that home and state no longer provide. Borders define who lives and dies as we watch, eyes wide open. Witnessing without action is the choke—vision squandered and humanity abandoned amongst the rhetorical handwringing.

“But witnesses incur responsibilities, as anyone who has ever seen a traffic accident and had to go to court to testify, knows. In the new world of globally televised war crimes, the defence of 'not knowing,' or neutrality, will dissolve for everyone. To be a witness or bystander is not a value-free choice but, inadvertently, a moral position; and in this sense the 'guilt' of people who live with the memory of crimes committed by members of their families, or communities, has been unwittingly extended to everyone who watches appalling pictures on the news.” 
― Erna ParisLong Shadows: Truth, Lies and History