The 2020 Collaborative Studio presents…
A new show about the future of how artists and social movements intersect.
Who wants a new world?
Thirteen artists come together to pool resources, skills and ideas with a shared commitment to use their practice to support grassroots social movements.
The CoLAB cohort imagine visions for a new henceforward with guidance from Artist Mentor Zack Khalil,his NEW RED ORDER collaborator Jackson Polys, and filmmaker Thirza Cuthand.
New Red Order
The New Red Order (NRO) is a mutable collective, a “public secret society,” facilitated by three core contributors — brothers Zack and Adam Khalil, who are Ojibway and grew up in northern Michigan, and Jackson Polys, who is Tlingit from Alaska. The collective creates video and performance works that question the desire for indigeneity in dominant culture. Working with an interdisciplinary network of informants, the NRO co-produces video, performance, and installation works that confront settler colonial tendencies and obstacles to Indigenous growth and agency. Their individual and collaborative work has been presented at the Alaska State Museum, Anchorage Museum, Berlinale, LACMA, Museum of Modern Art, Sundance Film Festival, Tate Modern, Toronto Biennial of Art, Walker Art Center, and Whitney Biennial 2019.
The CoLAB finds ways to foster mutual aid that grounds us in the relational culture we need for an abolitionist future with the folks from Survived & Punished with inspiration given by visits from Columbus, OH based Artist Cameron Granger and legendary Filmmaker, Boots Riley.
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Fred Schmidt-Arenales is an artist, filmmaker, and organizer. His work engages identity and ideology, and to what extent these categories intersect and are distinct. He has presented performances and experimental video and audio works internationally, at venues including Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst und Medien, Graz; Links Hall and Ballroom Projects, Chicago; The Darling Foundry, Montreal; Pieter Performance Space and NAVEL, Los Angeles; LightBox and The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; The Brick Theatre, Abrons Arts Center, and Dixon Place, New York; and Kunsthalle, Vienna. He has also organized workshops, conferences, and classes on collaborative strategies and group dynamics at various arts organizations and schools including the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago; and Abrons Arts Center, New York. Fred is a recipient of a 2020 grant from the Graham Foundation for an upcoming film project, Committee of Six, exploring the history of urban renewal in Chicago.
Trevor Bazile is a 24 year old Miami based interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker working in the intersections of music, moving image and performance. Having studied music composition and saxophone performance at NWSA college and UF, Trevor would receive his AA in music composition before beginning to work as an intern and production assistant with the borscht corporation as a part of the organization’s fellowship program. Trevor has had his work supported by over 100 patrons on Kickstarter and has exhibited at festivals such as Eye Slicer, NY and the borscht film festival. Over the course of the borscht fellowship Trevor would take the tools provided by the borscht corp and organize a new artist collective bisque corp (2018-2020) and would act as the group’s creative director.
Julia Hendrickson is a Toronto based artist working with film, photography and installation. Her practice deals with perception, the limits of image making, and with unseen structures, physical or ideological that render things out. Her projects have explored relationships between myth-making and nationalism, simulation and reality, motherhood and desire. Julia received a BFA in Film Production from Ryerson University and has shown her film work in Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, England and the USA.
Kate E. Hinshaw is a tactile filmmaker and cinematographer who works with digital and film cameras alike. Coming from an experimental background, she is interested in using the cinematic gaze to render visible the interiority of the feminine. Tactily, she works with 16mm and super 8mm film through bleaching, scratching, painting, and burning the emulsion in order to tell stories through color and texture.
Her work has screened at Atlanta Film Festival, Denver Film Festival, Indie Grits, and several small festivals. She earned an MFA at the University of Colorado at Boulder in Spring 2020 where she was awarded a teaching excellence award for her work as a digital cinematography instructor. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia where she publishes and curates Analog Cookbook—a film zine that celebrates and shares knowledge of analog filmmaking, darkroom processes, and features artists from all over the world.
Jenny Jacklin Stratton is a visual storyteller and media organizer whose work often involves photography, animation, writing, collective imagination and public research. Concurrent with producing documentary and participatory arts projects, Jenny works with schools, non profit and grassroots organization to develop community programming, resources and collaborative media. She recently completed a Department of State FLAS fellowship in Arabic Language and Middle Eastern Studies and was a Lewis Hine Fellow at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
Harrison Kroessler is a graduate from Bard College, where he studied art history and material culture with particular focus on historical archaeology and moving image arts.
Allison Minto is a Connecticut based visual artist working in photography. She holds a BA in Journalism from Buffalo State College and an MFA in Photography from the Yale School of Art.
Her career started out as a backpack journalist for local news and then transitioned into media production for reality and documentary television shows. After years of working in television she decided to follow her passion and share stories through photography.
Her work engages with African American archives, history, memory, preservation and maintenance. She sees the archive as a cultural testimony to how we exist, and utilizes this method of making to explore the historical consciousness that transcends personal, past and present narratives.
Daniel Oxenhandler is a filmmaker and cultural producer. His work focuses on developing interdisciplinary arts projects which bring together unique intersections of film and media, arts and culture, academic research, and community, in order to co-create new modes and methods of exploring complex social issues across cultures and geographies. He is currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark and has previously lived, learned and worked in Brazil, Mexico, India, Spain and the US.
Gabby Sumney (Neé Follet)
Gabby Sumney (née Follett) is an Afro-Latinx, queer, nonbinary nonfiction filmmaker with a disability based in Boston, Massachusetts. They work in experimental nonfiction with a special emphasis on issues of identity and personal narrative. Their work has screened at curated screenings and festivals across the US and Europe including Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Indie Grits, and Fracto Film Encounter. Gabby is also the creator of This Week in Experimental, a weekly newsletter that features links to experimental films & videos, reading suggestions, and optional assignments.
Fascinated by the potentials in the intersection of film and activism, Isabella Vargas is a filmmaker who works primarily with documentary and experimental film. She has explored varied subjects, from gender violence in Mexico to performance art criticizing the white gaze. Her work attempts to find poetic ways to construct and deconstruct stories. Prioritizing her community’s stories, she works with marginalized and troubled identity in order to help give a voice to the traditionally silenced.
Valentina Vargas Sosa is a Colombian storyteller who explores through documentary and performing arts, the complex realities of Colombia, a country where social and political conflict remains latent. She describes her experience as an undocumented immigrant in the U.S as her primary political education, one that shaped her understanding that nothing is fortuitous and that everything obeys an order held together by systematic oppression.
Her documentary film “Resiliencia”, that was featured in various festivals worldwide, explores the struggles to find the truth, justice and reparations of the women in la Comuna 13, a big sector in her natal city Medellín, that are looking for their loved ones that were disappeared by State forces and paramilitary forces in the infamous military operation “Operación Orión” that took place in 2002.
Theodore Wilkins II
Is a design student at The New School and a multimedia artist with a passion to create and support humanitarian visions with ambitious thought, curiosity and actions toward, learning how to learn new ways to engage in the world.
Christina Zachariades is a Greek-American researcher and documentary filmmaker currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She has made several short documentary films and her work has screened in international film festivals in Europe, Africa, and India. Christina is also a founding member of Docs in Orbit. She holds a Master of Arts from the University of Texas in Austin, and a Master of Arts in Documentary Film Directing from DocNomads, the EU funded graduate program.