Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 6:00 PM PST
Rami George, Video Playlist (composite video still), 2020. HD Video, color, sound, 41:30 min. Courtesy of the artist.
Rami George “Video Playlist” Screening and Q&A
Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 6:00 PM PST
FREE and open to the public
Join the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture (CCAC) and The Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) for a “video playlist” screening and Q&A with multidisciplinary artist, Rami George. The playlist relates to their ongoing exploration into the intentional community, or cult, The Samaritan Foundation. The program includes a selection of George’s video essays alongside excerpts from public media about the community, and a short film by late Chicago-based experimental filmmaker Allen Ross. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the artist and Laurel V. McLaughlin, guest curator of Networks of (Be)longing at CCAC. This program will be recorded.
George is currently a PNCA Artist-in-Residence, and their newly commissioned work Untitled (the ashram), 2020 is featured in the group exhibition at CCAC, on view October 8–November, 2020. A satellite site of Networks of (Be)longing at the Cascade Paragon Arts Gallery of Portland Community College features a solo presentation and one day will tell you so many stories of two older video essays and a new billboard structure by George. For more information concerning programming, remote viewing options, and accessible written and audio captions, labels, and a curatorial essay see the PNCA Online Gallery.
Rami George is an interdisciplinary artist currently living and working in Philadelphia. Their work has been presented in exhibitions and screenings at MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; Grand Union, Birmingham; the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; LUX, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and others. George received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. They continue to be influenced and motivated by political struggles and fractured narratives.
Laurel V. McLaughlin is a curator and art historian from Philadelphia based in Portland, OR. She holds MAs from The Courtauld Institute of Art and Bryn Mawr College and is currently a 2020–2021 Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellow and History of Art Ph.D. Candidate at Bryn Mawr College. Her dissertation explores migratory aesthetics in performance art situated in the United States, 1970s–2016. McLaughlin’s writing has appeared in Art Papers, Art Practical, Performa Magazine, Title Magazine, Performance Research, and Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, among others, and she has curated exhibitions and performances at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Bryn Mawr College, AUTOMAT Gallery, FJORD Gallery, and Vox Populi.
A dynamic and essential part of the curriculum in each graduate program, The Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series brings artists, scholars, designers, curators, and critics from around the globe to engage with students and the wider community in a variety of formats, including lectures, conversations, panel discussions, group critiques, workshops, and studio visits. These visiting art practitioners contribute to, challenge, and expand the academic and artistic discourse at PNCA, extending the opportunities for instruction and learning.
[A composite video still shows four views. The upper left is a photograph of a child’s feet in light blue pajamas sitting on a little girl’s lap who sits on her father’s lap father’s hands and mother’s hands from outside the photograph reaching in towards the child’s feet. The upper right photograph is a picture of a brown judge’s desk with two flags, two portraits, a mural, and a clock behind it. The lower right video still is a portrait of filmmaker Allen Ross who wears a white Oxford, brown jacket, headphones around his neck, and brown glasses in front of a lawn and walkway with a car in the background. The lower left is a screenshot from Google Street View of The Samaritan Foundation, a tan building flanked by two green trees surrounded by dead grass, a road, and a red stoned path to the blue door entrance.]