A Glimmer of Freedom

curated by Marzia Bruno

Djam Neguin, oCORPação, 2017, Performance
A Glimmer of Freedom invites artists to envision the personal stories of those directly affected by Tarrafal's prison camp, which was active between 1936 and 1974. Bringing together different creative expressions within the camp's boundaries, the exhibition proposes alternative ways of looking at the legacy of colonialism.

Stories of survival and works of art are combined to highlight current issues and challenges related to remnants of colonialism, moving visitors to look into the past and question new creations. Site-specific installations inside the cells are treated as an experimental laboratory and incubator, allowing for new expressions of freedom to emerge. Each cell contains interventions inspired by its history of use, whether as a cafeteria, an infirmary, or as the infamous "frying pan cell," the site of the most atrocious form of punishment perpetrated at the Tarrafal prison camp.

  • artists:
    DJam Neguin
    Patti Anahory
    Alex da Silva
    Bento Oliveira
    César Schofield
Mariam Natroshvili is a Tbilisi-based artist and curator. Since 2012, Natroshvili has worked in collaboration with artist and architect Detu Jintcharadze. Working mainly in public and abandoned spaces in her artistic and curatorial projects, she brings art to unexpected places, questioning the possibility of a different future. She is interested in post-soviet mythology, disappearing knowledge, invisible people, forgotten places, and the recreation of vanished memories. In 2016, Natroshvili is curating Fest i Nova 2016: Future Memory in Garikula, Central Georgia. She is also a co-founder and editor of the art newspaper Revolver.

apexart’s program supporters past and present include the National Endowment for the Arts, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Kettering Family Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, The Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Spencer Brownstone, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, The Puffin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and administered by LMCC, funds from NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.