NEWARK: GRAB BACK - PES Feminist Incubator Space
Project For Empty Space is excited to open of Phase One of GRAB BACK: PES Feminist Incubator Space + Lounge, Tomorrow! Wednesday, January 18th, from 6-8 PM at the Project For Empty Space gallery in Newark, NJ. Phase One will feature two concurrent topical artist projects by Angela Fraleighand Michele Pred, which will be on view through February 18th.
In addition to these projects, January 18th will mark the opening of the Feminist Reading Lounge and an ongoing interactive project called the Pussy Polaroid Project. The Feminist Reading Lounge is a communal space within the gallery where the public is invited read and discuss feminist material. It will also be home to public workshops and programs throughout the duration of the GRAB BACK program.The Pussy Polaroid Project invites women to actively GRAB BACK against the patriarchy by sharing their image and voice in a collective effort. Polaroids of participating women will be added to an ever-growing wall of portraits in the gallery space and shared on Instagram under the moniker @pesgrabback
GRAB BACK: Feminist Incubator Space is an impromptu series of short-term residencies, happenings, conversations, performances, and public discourses focusing on the empowerment and freedom of women. Prompted by mainstream attention to what has become an normalized climate of hyper-misogyny, rape-culture, and dehumanization of women, GRAB BACK is a means of cultivating productive and critical intersectional dialogue and response to a violence against humanity.
Project For Empty Space’s Newark gallery and a selected suite of studios will function as space for female-identifying cultural practitioners to workshop, present, collaborate, discourse, and dialogue. The incubator spaces function is to create an environment for self-care, conversation, and action against (aka the ‘grab back) the lurking tyranny of patriarchal imposition.
GRAB BACK is a multifaceted endeavor that features a short-term artist in residence program (open call information below), and a rotating gallery program. The gallery will present a series of rotating artist projects/programs over the course of three months, as well as a variety of performance happenings, interventions, and open forum ‘townhalls’ for the public.