A deconstruction of the athlete body – how it is used for national, political, and social agendas, and how it is viewed and re-crafted by artists.
This year-long series of art exhibitions, film programs, discussions, commissioned projects, and other events took place in galleries, cinemas, sports bars, bookstores, and on rooftops from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.
The first volume of its kind, this double issue examines the intersections of sports, performance, popular culture, and experimental media. Features 41 contributors including artists, writers, critics, scholars, historians, and athletes.
Custom-made, embroidered sweatband to wear to any sport event! Or while sporting. Or as a conversation starter in a non-sports setting.
An illustrated experimental essay on authenticity, postmemory, appropriation, and racial and ethnic identity (and recent cases in the art world and beyond). KQED described the commissioned chapbook as “finely wrought words.” On view at SFMOMA through Summer 2020.
“Queer Threads is not just an exploration of fiber art and crafts, but also a celebration of the creativity, diversity, and vibrancy of contemporary queer culture.”
“Throughout the last twenty years, my relationship to Joanie 4 Jackie has evolved from spectator to fan, consumer, event programmer, tour booker, distributor, historian, and curator.” – Suparak
“The project, and our friendship, also shaped my own interest in feminist, alternative, and amateur production.”
“Here, July takes us through the evolution of Joanie 4 Jackie through artifacts from the archive, highlighting its videos, early inspirations and influence.”
The complete archives of the influential underground film network for female filmmakers has been acquired by The Getty and is now viewable online. A selection of videos will be available on the Criterion Channel beginning in 2020.
“We are hungry for the kind of nuanced history of feminism that Alien She proposes… The exhibition situates riot grrrl as one touchstone in the multi-stream evolution of the radical personal and political communities that artists continue to build today.”
“Throughout Alien She, there is a spirit of resistance, one in which we can all join. Curators Suparak and Moss have pulled together a show that unravels the depiction of riot grrrl as a solely music genre. They have turned it into a living, historic archive—and it’s pretty impressive… Alien She demonstrates the fluidity of the movement and its resonance in the contemporary digital world today.”
“Alien She puts the creative process and the importance of community at the forefront.”
Journal on Exhibition Making
A lexicon of neologisms coining new words for a new age, one marked by advances in omnipresent technology and mass surveillance; a privatization of art, culture, and education; as well as a continued struggle with intersectional issues.
An installation superimposing the goals of six major sports.
“Alien She contributes to this history by not only illuminating but furthering the Riot Grrrl struggle to achieve visibility and equality for people of all genders—in the art world and real world alike.”
“Alien She is a testament to the power of young people motivated to spreading a message. It also reflects how artists evolve after discovering their power in the midst of a large, international youth movement.”
“Alien She traces the lineage of the movement from its roots to its current incarnation as a platform for social justice in a world muddied by prejudice of all kinds.”
“Bold and anti-authoritarian in its approach, but complex and varied in its politics and aesthetics.”