TOGETHER(E) brings the work of the artist Verena Smit to New York in a multi-faceted project that seeks to introduce the artist in a physical realm and stimulate public discourse through three artistic initiatives: 1. art residency, 2. urban intervention and 3. exhibition.
Being an emerging artist at the forefront of her field in Brazil, Smit’s work has digitally reached audiences in a worldwide scale with the subtle yet impactful game she plays with words.
During the art residency period, when she will be producing an exclusive series of words for TOGETHER(E), an urban intervention will take place and NYC passers-by will be presented with Smit’s new body of works that will be integrated into the urban assets of the city. The words she created while in residency will be printed in posters that will also indicate a date and an address, serving as a hint to the opening of the art exhibition that will showcase Smit’s tridimensional works.
Initiative 1: Art Residency at AnnexB
TOGETHER(E) is a trilogy that reveals three artistic initiatives and the art residency is the first part of it. During the month of October of 2018, AnnexB will host Verena Smit in their studio located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. AnnexB is the first NYC-based organization to offer an art residency exclusively for Brazilian artists. Through its program, emerging and mid-career artists are able to commit to their practice in the most influential city for contemporary art. By having its mission carried out through the pillars of art residency, public programs, and public art, AnnexB will provide Smit with the necessary support for artwork production and mapping the city of NY for the urban intervention.
Duration: October 1st through October 31st | Location: AnnexB - 203 Harrison Pl, 3rd floor - Studio 328, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Initiative 2: Urban Intervention in NYC
The urban intervention happens simultaneously with the art residency. Meticulously mapped out, it will trace a portion of the city between the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan, where the posters with Smit’s words will be installed and make the way from AnnexB to the art gallery that will host the exhibition. Whether walking, driving or commuting, the public will be exposed to Smit’s text-based, site-specific work and instigated to reflect about her playful words. Public participation is central to the urban intervention. Being the second part of the trilogy, the urban intervention is a place for contemplation and exchange that brings art and people together.
Duration: October and November of 2018 | Location: NYC
Initiative 3: Exhibition
As the third and closing part of the trilogy, the exhibition aims at presenting Smit’s tridimensional works, transforming the gallery into a space in which to reimagine Smit’s more popular work- the words she modifies, through their insertion in a variety of structures that allows for different shapes and forms. Developed on site during her residency at AnnexB, the works are for the most part small in scale and minimalist in form, yet they portray the artist’s poetic gesture, which remains the core of her practice.
On view: November 1st through November 10th | Opening Reception: November 1st, 6pm - 9pm
Location: 72 Warren St, New York, NY 10007 | Curator: Juliana Leandra
TOGETHER(E) is co-created and produced by AnnexB, c__m___l and Dream Box Lab with the support of The Standard.
PROJECT LAUNCH AT THE STANDARD EAST VILLAGE, NEW YORK
OPENING RECEPTION OF THE EXHIBITION VERENA SMITH IN TOGETHER(E)
To start, to erase, to re-think. Verena Smit is a visual artist based in São Paulo. Her work blooms in delicate and poetic images, sometimes showing the ugly to reveal beauty in a very meaningful universe where sincere irony prevails. Graduated with a degree in Cinema in São Paulo in 2005, she continued her studies in 2011 and graduated from the International Center of Photography in NY. Since then, she has used photography as a starting point to her interdisciplinary artistic practice. Smit collaborated several times with international publications such as Marie Claire, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. In 2014, she started to use a typewriter as a tool for the creation of her extensive series of altered/modified/adapted/adjusted words. These words, when posted on her digital platforms, are reposted and propagated in massive numbers around the world. In 2015, her work was discovered by Gucci’s Italian designer Alessandro Michele and since then she has been invited to collaborate with the brand in several digital projects. She has also developed artistic commissions for Pandora, Adidas, Melissa and Brazilian fashion brands Forum and Amaro. In 2016, she was spotlighted by Vogue Brazil as the new name to keep on the radar in Brazilian arts and in 2017 she was invited to have her own column in the Brazilian InStyle magazine, where she was stimulated to create powerful and feminist images of Brazilian celebrated women. She has two books published, “Lovely” by Schoeler Edition, an art book publisher, and “Eu Você” by Editora Paralela, a label of Cia das Letras, Brazil’s largest publisher. Her work has been shown in New York, São Paulo and Lisbon.
AnnexB focuses on the promotion of Brazilian art in New York by bringing artists, curators, art professionals and organizations together to foster a diverse art community in the city, in addition to a more equitable and inclusive art scene. Our mission is carried out through our three pillars: art residency, public programs, and public art.
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