Endless Editions Biennial: OPTIMISM

ON VIEW DECEMBER 7 - 21, 2018

Endless Editions is pleased to present the third edition of the Endless Editions Biennial, an open submission-based curatorial project featuring artworks by over 175 artists. On view at EFA Project Space from December 7 - 21; the show is produced by Anthony Tino and curated by Oakland-based artist, curator, activist, and storyteller Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo. This year’s biennial takes on the theme of OPTIMISM. Is optimism inherently positive? Does the term belie the complexity of what it is to look to the future? The 2018 Biennial questions the idea of optimism and examines how we engage with it as a tool for survival.

In the words of Branfman-Verissimo, “In a world that is hard to live in, one often questions the use of the word ‘optimism.’ On the one hand, ‘optimism’ references a possibility for hope in the future. A hope in part thanks to all the incredible work that queer, trans, people of color, womxn, activists, culture makers, artists, and educators are doing right now. On the other hand, the confidence of ‘optimism,’ like when people say ‘why can’t you just be optimistic about the future?’ can make some feel uncomfortable. It feels like optimism doesn’t always hold the complexities of what it means to look towards the future or a successful outcome.”

The 2018 Endless Editions biennial features the work of Marcela Pardo Ariza, Shelly Bahl, Sarula Bao, Mitsuko Brooks, Angela Conant, Sage Dawson, Ricki Dwyer, Sarah Farahat, Divya Gadangi, Sair Goetz, Nicki Green, Iris Grimm, Maya Gulassa, Katie Hargrave, Andrew Kodama, Fermín Jiménez Landa, Cara Levine, Andy Li, Joseph Liatela, Mark McCloughan, Be Oakley, Aparna Sarkar, Rachel Cardenas Stallings, Jia Sung, Kaitlin Trataris, Lindsay Tunkl, Raphael Villet, Lili White, and more (view full list of artists here).

About the Endless Editions Biennial
Initiated in 2012, the Endless Editions Biennial is an inclusive, open-submission curatorial project that uses the traditional format of the biennial to confront and mitigate systemic problems of exclusiveness in the arts. By accepting 100% of all willing participants, the project attempts to disentangle itself from the traditional web of gallerists, collectors, and institutions and create new communities (and avenues of access to them) within the arts.

About the Curator
Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo is an artist, arts educator, activist, storyteller, and curator living and working in Oakland, CA. Branfman-Verissimo’s work is informed by her commitment to craft and community, her engagement with  society, and her interests in storytelling and cultural geography. Branfman-Verissimo received her BFA from California College of the Arts. She has had solo exhibitions at Deli Gallery in Long Island City, NY: Lago Projects and E.M. Wolfman in Oakland, CA: and Bolivar Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been included in exhibitions and performances at Betti Ono Gallery, Root Division, Deli Gallery, Southern Exposure, SFMOMA, Kala Art  Institute, Osaka Art University, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and Highways Performance Space, among others. Branfman-Verissimo was a Yozo Hamaguchi fellow at Kala Art institute in 2015 and has been a visiting artist at the College of Design, Architecture, Art Practice at University of Cincinnati: New York University: California College of the Arts: and Mills College. She is the co-founder and lead curator at Nook Gallery. As a curator, Branfman-Verissimo has worked on exhibitions and projects at Nook Gallery, Mind Control Art Fair, CTRL+SHFT Gallery, NEW LIFE Quarterly Magazine and NIAD Art Center.

About Endless Editions
Founded in 2014, Endless Editions is a community-based curatorial and publishing project in New York City dedicated to producing limited and open edition prints and publications by underrepresented and emerging artists. Conceived as a way to relieve artists’ economic burden while providing an accessible platform for publication, Endless Editions believes that artists’ books and publications are one of the most democratic and socially responsible media available to contemporary artists.

The 2018 Endless Editions Biennial is made possible in part by EFA Project Space, a program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Beverage sponsorship is provided by Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Opening Reception

Friday, December 7th 6:00-9:00 pm
Featuring a performance by Gabriel Garza

Catalog Launch and Performance Night
Saturday, December 15th 4:00-8:00 pm
Launch of the biennial book project, featuring a Smell and Draw hosted by Mariana Vidal-Escabi, and others (forthcoming)

EFA Project Space, 323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10018

Wednesday - Saturday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm or by appointment

Free and open to the public

Media Contact
Ari Tiziani, endlesseditions@gmail.com