Rami George Lecture
October 12, 2020
Join the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture (CCAC) at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and the PNCA Graduate Lecture Series for a “video playlist” screening from multidisciplinary artist Rami George. The playlist relates to their ongoing exploration into the intentional community, or cult, The Samaritan Foundation. The program includes a selection of George’s video essays alongside excerpts from public media about the community, and a short film by late Chicago-based experimental filmmaker Allen Ross. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the artist and Laurel V. McLaughlin, guest curator of Networks of (Be)longing at CCAC. This program will stream live on PNCA’s Youtube Channel and will be recorded.
Join us on Zoom: https://pnca.zoom.us/j/9608134...
George is currently a PNCA Artist-in-Residence, and their newly commissioned work Untitled (the ashram), 2020 is featured in the group exhibition at CCAC, on view October 2–November 15, 2020. A satellite site of Networks of (Be)longing entitled, and one day will tell you so many stories, at the Paragon Arts Gallery of Portland Community College, Cascade Campus features a solo presentation of two older video essays and a new billboard structure by George. For more information concerning programming, remote viewing options, and accessible written and audio captions, labels, and a curatorial essay see the PNCA Online Gallery.
Rami George is an interdisciplinary artist currently living and working in Philadelphia. Their work has been presented in exhibitions and screenings at MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; Grand Union, Birmingham; the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; LUX, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and others. George received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. They continue to be influenced and motivated by political struggles and fractured narratives.
Laurel V. McLaughlin is a curator and art historian from Philadelphia based in Portland, OR. She holds MAs from The Courtauld Institute of Art and Bryn Mawr College and is currently a 2020–2021 Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellow and History of Art Ph.D. Candidate at Bryn Mawr College. Her dissertation explores migratory aesthetics in performance art situated in the United States, 1970s–2016. McLaughlin’s writing has appeared in Art Papers, Art Practical, Performa Magazine, Title Magazine, Performance Research, and Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, among others, and she has curated exhibitions and performances at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Bryn Mawr College, AUTOMAT Gallery, FJORD Gallery, and Vox Populi.
A composite video still shows four views. The upper left is a photograph of a child’s feet in light blue pajamas sitting on a little girl’s lap who sits on her father’s lap, the mother’s hand reaches in towards the group from out of frame. The upper right photograph is a picture of a brown judge’s desk with two flags, two portraits, a mural, and a clock behind it. The lower right is a portrait of the late filmmaker Allen Ross who wears a white Oxford, brown jacket, brown glasses, and headphones around his neck in front of a lawn and walkway with a car in the background. The lower left is a screenshot from Google Street View of an abandoned and repurposed jail— dubbed “the Monastery” by the Samaritan Foundation—a tan building flanked by two green trees surrounded by dead grass, a road, and a red stoned path leading to a blue door.
Rami George kicks off the Fall 2020 Visiting Artist Lecture Series with a screening of their "video playlist" followed by a Q&A with curator Laurel McLaughlin.
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