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Opening Reception Anti-profit & Publishing Against the Grain

Thursday, September 26, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
McIntosh Gallery (MG)

Anti-profit: Independent Publishing in London
Curated by Ruth Skinner
September 14 – October 26, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, September 26th, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

In the summer of 1969, the editors of 20 Cents Magazine, an independent art publication from London, Ontario, used the term “anti-profit” to describe both their endeavour and the perpetual challenge of their work.

“Low-budget” is a familiar adjective within artist-run culture—a constant limiting factor, strategy, difficulty, or emancipatory qualifier (depending on the day). Anti-profit: Independent Publishing in London explores the histories of independent arts and literary publishing by considering how and why small art presses wrangled with this seemingly perpetual precarity.

Curated by Western University PhD candidate Ruth Skinner from the McIntosh Gallery Curatorial Study Centre Collection, this exhibition will complement the international selection of similar material featured in Publishing Against the Grain.

Publishing Against the Grain 
Developed by Independent Curators International (ICI)
September 14 – October 26, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, September 26th, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

McIntosh Gallery and Independent Curators International (ICI) are pleased to announce the presentation of Publishing Against the Grain, which examines the current state of publishing and art criticism as it exists in small journals, experimental publications, websites, and radio, as well as other innovative forms. It is organized around projects that connect theoretical, social, political, and aesthetic questions with a focus on community, whether understood in relation to a particular place, or defined by identity or diaspora.

Visitors will have a rare opportunity to engage in a variety of conversations from across the world. In the context of today’s corporatization and commodification of cultural institutions, and in many political situations where free speech becomes ever more precarious, independent publishing has shown extraordinary vitality and importance as a platform for disseminating alternative, progressive and autonomous positions.

Publishing Against the Grain provides space for reading, thinking, and conversing, in which slowing down can become a form of intellectual resistance. It encourages discursive public participation, self-reflective investigation, and invites visitors to discover new perspectives while connecting differing and analogous spheres of contemporary art. In bringing these projects together from around the world, Publishing Against the Grain reveals how their material and discursive activities respond to intersecting subjects such as contemporary aesthetics, diaspora, sex and gender, gentrification, race, language, and art history.

Images: 20 Cents Magazine, Volume 1, No. 6, February 1967 (detail). Edited by Robin Carey Askew. Exhausted Geographies, publication image, 2017. Courtesy of Exhausted Geographies.

McIntosh Gallery
Abby Vincent - Communications & Outreach Coordinator
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