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Collective Reaction: FotoFest 2014
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The Station Museum of Contemporary Art wishes to announce the major exhibition Collective Reaction,featuring the six solo exhibitions of Democracia, Adel Abidin, Hito Steyerl, Mohammed Al-Shammarey, Prince Varughese Thomas, and Maura Sheehan. The exhibition will open on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 3 pm to 7 pm with music & refreshments.

The proliferation of images and the devices that record them has fundamentally shifted the method in which information is interpreted and disseminated. What once was a costly and specialized skill has now become a tool for the masses. The propagation of imagery has been simultaneously displaced and appropriated by both traditional and independent media outlets. Through cropping, manipulation, and contextual placement, images take on new meanings that subvert or recuperate.

Madrid-based collective Democracia presents "Welfare State"—a four channel video installation displaying the demolition of the El Salobral shantytown, one of Europe’s largest shantytowns on the southern outskirts of Madrid, as if it were a sporting event. The project turns the destruction of the neighborhood into a show for the members of civil society, celebrating the end of the ghetto as if it were a media spectacle.

"Three Love Songs" by Iraqi artist Adel Abidin explores the multiple ways to use and manipulate images to create juxtapositions of meanings from the mundane to the extreme. The piece, a three channel video installation, is an examination on terror and love, and how facades are played through song, specifically Iraqi songs that were commissioned by Saddam Hussein, used to glorify the regime during the decades of his rule.

Berlin-based writer and filmmaker, Hito Steyerl’s video installation "How Not To Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .Mov File," created for the 55th Venice Biennale, offers instructional guidelines on how to disappear in the digital age.

The photographic works of self-taught Iraqi artist Mohammed Al-Shammarey, along with his video work "Chess," bear a certain level of witness to the crisis of Iraqi culture—wars, rebellion, escape, estrangement, loss, suffering—as well as his own personal struggle.

"Read All About It" by Houston artist Prince Varughese Thomas consists of video and two dimensional works that are related to the politics of Contemporary News & Journalism. The works critique structures of power within News & Journalism by questioning the types of information that are presented to the public and the personal, corporate, and governmental agendas of those representing the news.

New York artist, Maura Sheehan’s site-specific sculptural installation "Architecture Under the Influence" functions as a hypnotic idea accumulation funnel generating a collaborative cultural ecology.

These exhibitions will be on view from
March 16, 2014 to August 17, 2014

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