Solidarity Economy for Artist Projects

Photo: The Aturquesada Performance, St Jamestown by soJin Chun, 2014

Solidarity Economy for Artist Projects

Wednesday, September 7, 2016,
6:00PM to 9:00PM

Are you an artist with a vision for a project but lack the resources to make this happen? Have you envisioned a sustainable economic model outside of the Western capitalist system? Are you tired of waiting for grant results and having your fate decided upon by a jury that may or may not understand your work? 

If you have answer yes to one of these questions, this workshop is for you. 

G44 opens the Fall 2016 Workshop season by revealing the budget for the gallery workshops, inviting participants to pay what they believe is fair based on the transparent budget provided at the start of this workshop.

In this session, soJin Chun shares information on alternative economic models for artists and arts organization Internationally with a strong emphasis in Brazil. Given the current political and economic reality in the region, it is a major understatement to say that there is a lack of government funding. After the coupe d’état in May, the subsequent closure of the Ministry of Culture and its reopening under a right-winged government, Brazil is experiencing a difficult cultural climate with many uncertainties.

Despite this complex social and political situation, there are many alternative art projects that are self-sustained and self-sufficiently supported by the arts community in collaboration. Some of the case studies include sustainable-models based on transparent budgeting, collective evaluation and pricing, as well as non-capitalist methods of exchanging money and goods. By demonstrating some case studies on alternative self-sustaining art projects, soJin provides the possibility of what is feasible for artists by working collectively and finding alternative strategies for surviving in the arts. 

Participants are encouraged to bring their ideas for potential art projects in the written form. The group will strategize together to envision alternative economic models for realizing these projects.

For registration please contact Meera Margaret Singh: 
meera@gallery44.org 
(416) 979-3941 ext.2