Alyce Santoro, Ascending in All Directions 2 (Octopus), 2020, vintage book pages, gouache, and ink on birch panel, 12 x 12 x inches

Radical Reimaginings

August 22, 2020 – December 31, 2020

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Exhibition catalog available, essay by Ric Kasini Kadour. Buy the exhibition catalog HERE

516 ARTS, in partnership with Kolaj Institute, invited selected artists from New Mexico and around the world to reflect on our shifting world using collage, a medium that has been historically used by artists to directly engage with the visual narratives of their time and to reimagine the stories that have been told. Affordable and democratic in its means, collage has a history of contributing to activism and inspiring new ideas. In this spirit of celebrating the radical qualities of combining images, artists who use collage in their artistic practices were selected from near and far. As consciousness is rapidly changing on both a personal and collective level, the exhibition offers a space for reflection through acts of examining, re-organizing, and manipulating imagery.

Forty artists from nine countries and several Indigenous nations offer a variety of perspectives, including artists from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, as well as Salish-Kootenai/Métis-Cree/Sho-Ban, Oglala/Lakota, Tlingit/Nisgaá, and Seneca Nation. Radical Reimaginings is cocurated by Suzanne Sbarge of 516 ARTS and Ric Kasini Kadour, publisher of Kolaj Magazine. The exhibition is presented as part of our Museum from Home initiative during the pandemic and as a featured exhibition of Kolaj LIVE Online. It is accompanied by a catalog in print, which includes each artist’s work and an essay about the exhibition. At the virtual opening artists in the exhibition will speak about what they are trying to reimagine with their work.

Participating artists include:

Neal Ambrose-Smith (Salish-Kootenai, Métis-Cree, Sho-Ban), Arthur Amiotte (Oglala/Lakota), Tya Alisa Anthony, Roberto Appicciafoco, Kim Arthun, Elena Baca, Allan Bealy, Jay Berrones, Carolina Chocron, Guillaume Chiron, Zach Collins, Enrique “Kike” Congrains, Cynthia Cook, Karsten Creightney, Kelly Eckel, José Ignacio Fernández, Antonio Frappa, Mila Gonzáles, Thomas Christopher Haag, Daniela Ilabaca, Lory Ivey Alexander, Susanna Lakner, Mágica Estudio, Larry McNeil (Tlingit/Nisgaá), MK, Jennifer Nehrbass, Carlos Quintos Kemm, Laurie O’Brien, Sherry Parker, Michael Pajón, Beto Prieto, Luanne Redeye (Seneca Nation), Holly Roberts, Alyce Santoro, Sara Serna, Rosie Schinners, Lorna Simpson, Brooke Steiger, Casandra Tola, Paula Wilson.


516 Arts invites 40 collage artists from around the world for ‘Radical Reimaginings,’” Kathaleen Roberts, Albuquerque Journal

Guillaume Chiron at 516 ARTS,” Michael Abatemarco, Pasatiempo/Santa Fe New Mexican

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