Apr 7th 2018

Poor and Needy

@ The Franklin

3522 W Franklin Blvd, Chicago, IL 60624

Opening Saturday, April 7th, from 2PM - 4PM

The exhibition catalogue POOR & NEEDY accompanies and completes the exhibition by the same title, curated by Lise Haller Baggesen and Yvette Brackman, for The Great Poor Farm Experiment IIX in Manawa (WI) in August 2016, and the exhibition and symposium The Poor Connection at Krabbesholm Højskole in Skive (DK) in October 2017.

Participating artists: Edra Soto, Sofia Leiby, Anni Holm, Matt Morris, Kurt Finsten, Ulla Hvejsel, Anja Franke, Jim Duignan, Joshua Mittelman, Jenny Kendler, Christa Donner, Andrew Yang, Michelle Eistrup, Kirsten Leenaars, Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Rashalya Marie Brown, Tony Lewis, Hannah Heilmann, Nanna Lysholt Hansen, The Third Rail, Skovsnogen, Mobil Kultur Byrå.
Essays and contributions by: Lise Haller Baggesen, Yvette Brackman, Rashayla Marie Brown, Hannah Heilman, Jenny Kendler, and Jacob Lillemose.

About the Book:

Poor & Needy started as an invitation from Brad Killam and Michelle Grabner, about two years ago, for the artists, educators, and curators, Lise Haller Baggesen and Yvette Brackman to “do something ” for the 2016 Great Poor Farm Experiment VIII, in Manawa in rural Wisconsin. The exhibition and symposium that was Poor & Needy at The Poor Farm arrived in Denmark as The Poor Connection at Krabbesholm Højskole, an important institution for aspiring artists, writers, and thinkers, situated in the heart of Jutland, in October 2017.
The exchange brought together artists from Scandinavia and the American Midwest, to strengthen and explore the connections between these two demographics and better to understand their shared history and how they relate to the subjects of cooperation, migration, labor and debt.
The artists’ colony, because that is what both The Poor Farm and Krabbesholm are, is located somewhere between Utopia and a gated community; questions of exclusivity and inclusivity repeatedly come into play here. But at least, these are open-ended conversations, not the law. In addition to the exhibition, this catalogue contains texts and works from artists and writers, as contributions toward a continued open-mindedness in our local and global communities.
Come one come all, it doesn’t say RSVP on the statue of Liberty; it does not say so on the gates of the art world either!

Design: Kurt Finsten
Printed by: Naryana Press. Printed in Denmark. 120 pages.
ISBN: 978-0-578-00400-6
Distribution in the US: Poor Farm Press 753 S 5th Street, Milwaukee WI 53204
Brad Killam: killam@poorfarmexperiment.org �Michelle Grabner: michellegrabner@gmail.com

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