As we integrate “fact-checking” into the way we consume social media and the news, we face a dilemma: what do we do when we know we are being lied to? The 20th annual City-Wide Open Studios takes this uneasy question as a point of inquiry into four weekends of art-looking. Artspace invites artists to submit a proposal for the production of a new or ongoing work that explores the too tidy distinctions we make between “reality” and “illusion,” “fact” and “fiction,” and “history and myth.” These proposals may ponder our political situation, design alternatives to this moment, or take a formal approach, investigating, for example, the science of perception, memory, performance, and the promise of the speech-act. We are also interested in hearing from artists who seek refuge from this discussion completely, and work to make places that provide safety, well-being and care for the self and others.
Artspace is grateful to the 2017 jury panel who helped review the submissions to the fRact/fiction Open call for artists: Lani Asuncion, Marijeta Bozovic, Kevin Ewing, Gregg Gonsalves, Danilo Machado, Onyeka Obiola, and Hanifa Washington.