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Fellow Travelers
submitted by: Katherine Rochester

On view:
September 7 - October 21, 2017



A 2017-18 Unsolicited Exhibition Program exhibition
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Halil Altindere, Space Refugee, 2016
Fellow Travelers is an exhibition that initiates an encounter between people displaced by the deterioration of neo-liberal policies around the world. At their most optimistic, these policies generated a vision of scientific progress symbolized by the race for space. The exhibition explores the legacy of these utopic spaces through the lens of artworks that respond to and originate from the mass migration of people around the world. While both NASA and the Soviet space program considered space a terrain ripe for ideological expansion, artists reimagined these paradigms to create utopic solutions for oppressed communities. While some projects posit travel as a gesture of resistance, others explore the refusal to leave as a form of protest. Sometimes, imagining utopia in space betrays bitter cynicism about ever finding a sense of belonging on earth. From Afronauts to Cosmonauts, Fellow Travelers affirms that art is a tool for testing limits, crossing boundaries, and providing a platform for voices of dissent.


Katherine Rochester is an art historian and curator with a specialization in modern and contemporary art and film. She is a Ph.D. candidate in History of Art at Bryn Mawr College and holds an M.A. from Bryn Mawr College and a B.A. from Grinnell College. Katherine has worked at the Walker Art Center, The Soap Factory, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Her research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation Center for Curatorial Leadership, the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. She contributes regularly to Artforum.

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