Upcoming Exhibitions

Peggy Ahwesh: Unsettled States

September 16 - December 1, 2019

The exhibition Peggy Ahwesh: Unsettled States will be on view September 16–December 1, 2019 at the New Media Artspace at Baruch College.

The Wasserman Jewish Studies Center and the New Media Artspace will host a public artist lecture on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. in Engelman Recital Hall, BPAC. Admission is free to all Baruch students. Tickets coming soon. Entrance to BPAC is on 25th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenue.

We are also pleased to host casual discussions with the artist for Baruch students on Friday, September 27, 2019 from 1:30 to 3:30 P.M. and on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 3:00 to 4:30 P.M. in the New Media Artspace and room 415 in the Library and Information Building.

Curatorial Statement

“In this confused series of intervals, between things that do not exist, I ask myself of what remains, of what possible use it is to me.”

In Peggy Ahwesh’s She Puppet, these words are recited by Lara Croft, the eternally youthful—nevertheless perpetually succumbing—videogame heroine. She Puppet is the earliest of the six video works that comprise Peggy Ahwesh: Unsettled States, a solo exhibition of single-channel videos by the renowned feminist filmmaker that attend variously to borders and their crossings. Spanning nearly two decades and diverse visual styles, these works might themselves be considered a “series of intervals,” or better yet, a series of propositions that borders may be “things that do not exist.” And if so, we must ask ourselves, “of what possible use” are borders and their “remains” to us?

Ahwesh’s work supplies a nuanced perspective on the theme of borders, at a time when hot button headlines about borders and immigration feature prominently in mass media. The treatment of these subjects in mainstream news coverage may leave viewers further entrenched in polarized camps; however, Ahwesh’s videos take the opposite tack. Specifically, by a dopting a dynamic of unsettling, they refuse any form of entrenchment from the outset. This takes shape in manifold ways: ethically, her works trouble borderlines that violently sever families and communities; politically, their ecofeminist stance destabilizes the seemingly smooth operations of settler colonialism; conceptually, they disrupt territorial logics and structures; figuratively, Ahwesh portrays upheavals in wind and waves; and materially, she references the uncanniness of new technologies that document, simulate, and circulate our own unsettled states.


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The New Media Artspace is a teaching exhibition space in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Baruch College, CUNY. Housed in the Newman Library, the New Media Artspace showcases curated experimental media and interdisciplinary artworks by international artists, students, alumni, and faculty.
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