International Print Exchange Programme
An exhibition of a print exchange portfolio by international printmakers.
On view by appointment June 3 - August 27, 2022
A threshold is a space of transition, a passage from one place into another. To think of a threshold is to think of movement, of leaving something behind and engaging something new. And yet, a threshold is also a space unto itself. To connect here to there, it must have its own structure, whether defined through distance and time, states of mind, or social conditions.
During this period of global tragedy and struggle we exist in and on a threshold. But what is the nature of the threshold, and what lies beyond it? The Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on our families and societies, further complicating reckonings with structural inequities and the resurgence of long-standing regional conflicts. Though challenges surround us, some bonds between us deepen and hope persists. This in-between place may be a kind of confinement and stasis, or it may be the cusp of freedom and progress.
Printmakers have a celebrated history of shining light on the urgencies of each time and place. Each print itself is a kind of threshold, a portal through which new ideas and feelings can be shared and explored. Because it is built on traditions involving the economical production and mass distribution of the multiple, printmaking has profoundly facilitated the wide dissemination of image and text. IPEP India extends this tradition by gathering the work of artists from across the world, and inviting each artist to share the portfolio within their communities. In this way, it is possible for us to stand in the thresholds envisioned by artists from places very different from our own, to recognize what connects and separates us, to revel in beautiful expressions of human experience, and to build compassion as a result.
The 2021 IPEP India exchange portfolio offers this invitation to consider the notion of the threshold in all of its interpretations, so that we may continue the critical work of creatively responding to being where we are and considering where we will go.
To do our best to ensure the safety of our visitors & staff, masks and proof of vaccination are required.