(re)activate was born out of my exploration on the dynamics of space and a desire to generate alternative modes of exhibiting art and culture in our urban environment. As an exhibition, (re)activate seeks to contribute to the critical dialogue on creative place-making today, by inviting audiences to (re)consider the usage of space, how it relates to one's personal experience, our collective histories, and the future identity of our cities.
The first (re)activate event took place in an empty parking lot in the U Street Neighborhood of Washington, DC on Saturday, March 15th 2014. In animating a vacant lot with video, performance and sound art, the one night exhibit channeled ideas on the significance of space, civic engagement and nature in our daily lives. The commissioned works of art commented on the neighborhood's rapid gentrification and it's effects on our memory, future identity and local diaspora communities.
Participating Artists included: Animals and Fire, Free Space Collective, Patrick McDonough, Jonathan Monghan, Kendall Nordin, Jassie Rios and Furthermore.
(re)activate #2: Coming Summer 2016