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While the project is rooted in analog works, specifically poems by Justin Petropoulos and ink drawings by Carla Gannis, it grows these texts and images into digital paintings, animations, projection mapped & 3D printed sculptures, as well as interactive works.
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Carla Gannis is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received a BFA in painting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MFA in painting from Boston University. In the late 1990s she began incorporating net and digital technologies into her work.
Gannis is the recipient of several awards, including a 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Grant in Computer Arts, an Emerge 7 Fellowship from the Aljira Art Center, and a Chashama AREA Visual Arts Studio Award in New York, NY. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally.
Her solo exhibitions include “<legend> </legend>” (in collaboration with Justin Petropoulos) at Transfer Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, “The Multiversal Hippozoonomadon & Prismenagerie” at Pablo’s Birthday Gallery, New York, NY; “The Non-Facial Recognition Project” at Edelman Gallery, New York NY; and “Jezebel” at The Boulder Museum of Art, Boulder, CO.
Features on Gannis’s work have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, Res Magazine, Animal, 11211, and Collezioni Edge, and her work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, Art Critical, The New York Times, The LA Times, The Miami Herald, The Daily News, The Star Ledger, and The Village Voice.
"I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."
On September 16, 2013, the Randolph County Board of Education in Central North Carolina banned
ban remained for a mere nine days until it was lifted by the North Carolina School Board under much fire by the public.
Over sixty years after the book's publication date, even after winning the National Book Award for fiction in 1953 and being named by the Library of Congress as one of the "Books That Shaped America," this incident demonstrates the precarity that a work, even one that has been nationally recognized, faces in a cultural climate of a country that has not resolved its history of racial oppression.
In the novel, the main character struggles to do good in the world, but is thwarted by structures instituted to maintain the status quo. He eventually aligns himself with the invisible, those who tip-toe precariously at the periphery of our society. We are asking participants to read out loud and record as much or as little of the book as they want in a show of solidarity with the invisible. Through the voice, may we collectively enact a visibility.
- Click Contribute.
- Choose a section of text that has not been recorded.
- Record the text on an iphone, portable recorder, or straight into your computer.
- Upload file.