GIF - GEOGRAPHICALLY INDETERMINATE FANTASIES:
The Animated GIF as Place


Providence College Galleries ART F CITY / Providence, US / April 2016  - Permanent exhibit link: pcgalleries.providence.edu/GIF

Medium: Animated GIF 
Year: 2016

Body Of Work: The Accidental Pursuit Of The Stateless
Exhibited:
▷ Gaia Gallery // Istanbul, Turkey / January 21 to March 5 - 2016 / Exhibition link: gaiagallery.com/the-accidental-pursuit-of-the-stateless-ii
▷ BravinLee Programs // New York City / September 10 to October 17, 2015


The show is curated by the Art F City team: Michael Anthony Farley, Paddy Johnson and Rea McNarama.

"Elektra KB’s fantastical world The Theocratic Republic of Gaia serves as an allegorical homeland created from a sense of necessity—the artist has spent most of her life as a migrant. Anxieties over oppression—from religious authority to gender/racial inequality—are battled out in KB’s fictional country. KB has perhaps best summarized the urgency of her militant aesthetic by quoting Frantz Fanon from his 1961 book The Wretched of the Earth: “Either one must remain terrified or become terrifying.”

"Geographically Indeterminate Fantasies: The Animated GIF as Place looks at artists who use GIFs to present fully realized environments—architectural spaces, alternate realities, cyberspace utopias, cyberpunk dystopias or personal escapes. Organized by GIFs as web pages, GIFs as stand-alone images and GIFs as series, the show tracks a number of themes: the city as a network of personal and social spaces, the personification of the landscape as avatar, the browser, or more broadly, the digital as space and ubiquitous battlefield."

"Artists include: Peter Burr, Petra Cortright, Milton Melvin Croissant III, Elektra KB, Claire L Evans, Faith Holland, Dina Kelberman, Kidmograph (Gustavo Torres), Sara Ludy, Lauren Pelc-McArthur, Alex McLeod, Ying Miao, Jonathan Monaghan, Hugo Moreno, Brenna Murphy, Eva Papamargariti, Robby Rackleff, Sam Rolfes, Nicolas Sassoon, Jacolby Satterwhite, Hito Steyerl, Tough Guy Mountain, Małgosia Woźnica (V5MT), Wickerham & Lomax, Clement Valla and Giselle Zatonyl."