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Artist Elizabeth Moran in conversation with Curator Alessandro Facente

April 18, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Talk will begin at 7p

Join us for a conversation between artist Elizabeth Moran and curator Alessandro Facente on the occasion of the exhibition Backward ran sentences until reeled the mind, a solo show of recent work by Elizabeth Moran. The pair will discuss the Moran’s art practice as a whole, her focus on fact-checking, the interdependence of fact and faith, and how these topics have been formalized throughout her work.

Drawing from the earliest advertisements for TIME magazine, Moran’s latest series interrogates the historical association between women’s work and fact-checking, particularly within today’s “post-fact” information landscape. Though rarely named in archival materials, Moran’s photographs give these once-anonymous women rare voice.

Moran’s project-based practice is guided by a preoccupation with the subjectivity of evidence. Using photography, text, sound, frequency readings, skotography and other forms of recorded documentation, her practice involves extensive research that examines the reliance on alleged objectivity within personal and societal systems of belief.

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Elizabeth Moran (b. 1984, Houston) received her MFA from California College of the Arts and BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Moran’s research-based practice is directed by a preoccupation with evidence of unknown or little-understood histories and often takes form through photography, audio, text, and found objects. Most recently, Moran’s work was included in “From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art” at The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Recent solo exhibitions include “Measuring Visual Disturbances” at Black Crown Gallery and group exhibitions at the Headlands Center for the Arts and the Wattis Institute from Contemporary Arts. Moran was awarded a Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in 2012 and a Tierney Fellowship in 2013. She was named a 2013 winner of Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward (US) and was included in Photoboite’s 30 Under 30 Women in Photography and the CENTER Santa Fe 100 in 2014. In 2015, she was an artist-in-residence at the Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco. Moran’s work has been featured in Yield, Harper’s, The New Yorker, WIRED, The New York Times, New York Magazine, British Journal of Photography, and Hotshoe.

Alessandro Facente (Italy, 1982) is a New Yok-based art critic and independent curator, and currently curator at Artists Alliance Inc.

He holds an M.A. in Art History and Contemporary Art from La Sapienza University in Rome. His research focuses on the crossover and interplay of art criticism and curatorship through a concept that he refers to as ‘curaticism’. A curatorial theory developed by Facente in 2013, ‘curaticism’ has the goal of ‘curatorially” identify the political and social position that the artist’s practice occupies within the current time, and to ‘critically’ investigate how the artwork’s visuality makes the piece to be politically and socially questionable

Facente has curated projects of various nature in non-profit spaces, foundations and institutions, including NARS Foundation, Italian Institute of Culture, Residency Unlimited and HVCCA in New York, HIAP in Helsinki and Ateliê397 in São Paulo. In August 2018 he is partecipating at the ‘CPR 2018: Dimming the Northern Lights’ curatorial program research in Reykjavik, Tórshavn, Tromsø, Boden, Luleå, Hyrynsalmi and Helsinki. His articles, interviews, and essays have appeared in art magazines such as Artribune, DROME, TemporaryArtReview, DOMUS, as well as in catalogues for major museums including MADRE in Naples and GAMEC in Bergamo.


April 18, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm