Join us at Photoville for an evening projection featuring the compelling work honored at ICP’s annual Infinity Awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in photography and visual arts. The projection will begin with a thought-provoking panel moderated by scholar and curator Isolde Brielmaier, featuring multidisciplinary artist Alexandra Bell; photographer and activist Stephanie Sinclair; and art producer, art historian, and business consultant Michelle Woo of For Freedoms.
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Scholar and curator Isolde Brielmaier is Assistant Professor of Critical Studies in the Department of Photography, Imaging and Emerging Media at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She has been a nominator, judge, and presenter at ICP’s Infinity Awards. Her areas of scholarly interest include: global visual culture; race, gender, class studies; social media; technology (new and trans media); contemporary patronage and artistic practice, and the on-going dynamic between art, artists and the international art market as well as the public and private sectors. Throughout her curatorial career, she has collaborated with noted contemporary artists and has written extensively on contemporary art and culture, including numerous exhibition catalogue essays, journal articles, reviews as well as artist books. She has held positions at the Guggenheim Museum, the Bronx Museum of Art, and the SCAD Museum of Art. She serves on several boards and is deeply committed to the promotion of arts education, global women’s issues and criminal justice reform.
Alexandra Bell is a multidisciplinary artist who investigates the complexities of narrative, information consumption, and perception. She was a 2018 ICP Infinity Awards honoree and a 2019 Whitney Biennial artist. Utilizing various media, she deconstructs language and imagery to explore the tension between marginal experiences and dominant histories. Through investigative research, she considers the ways media frameworks construct memory and inform discursive practices around race, politics, and culture. Her work has been exhibited at Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, Charlie James Gallery, MoMA PS1, We Buy Gold, Koenig & Clinton Gallery, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Atlanta Contemporary, Pomona College Museum of Art, Spencer Museum of Art, and Usdan Gallery at Bennington College. She is a 2018 Soros Equality Fellow and a 2019 CatchLight Fellow.
Stephanie Sinclair is known for gaining unique access to the most sensitive gender and human rights issues around the world. She was a 2014 ICP Infinity Award honoree for her 15-year series Too Young to Wed, which has evolved into a nonprofit organization of the same name, with a mission to protect girls’ rights and end child marriage. As Too Young To Wed’s Founding Executive Director, she uses the power of visual storytelling to provide visual evidence of the human rights challenges faced by girls and women around the world. The organization amplifies the voices of courageous girls and women to incite the global community to end child marriage. Too Young to Wed has transformed advocacy into tangible action by supporting initiatives in the communities where the girls in the stories live, through partnerships with international and local NGOs.
Michelle Woo is an art producer, art historian and arts business consultant based in Los Angeles. She is a member of the For Freedoms team that received a 2017 ICP Infinity Award. Her diverse role includes project management of large-scale public art and exhibitions, curatorial advisement and strategic planning for artists. Founded in 2016 by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, and inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—For Freedoms is a platform for creative civic engagement, discourse, and direct action. Through exhibitions, installations, and public programs, For Freedoms uses art to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values, and to advocate for equality, dialogue, and civic participation. In 2018, For Freedoms launched the 50 State Initiative: the largest creative collaboration in U.S. history. The For Freedoms: Where Do We Go From Here? exhibition, curated by Ava Hess in collaboration with For Freedoms, was on view at the International Center of Photography in 2019.