Sarah Koljonen Featured in Group Show at Moore College of Art and Design

INTERCHANGE, a collaborative curatorial effort by Philadelphia collectives Grizzly Grizzly and Practice will be on view at the Moore College of Art and Design June 14 – August 23, 2014. Sixteen artists from across the United States, Mexico, and the UK are participating in the exhibition. The group show features the ongoing piece, The Exchange Project, by MFAST alum Sarah Koljonen. The opening will take place on Friday, June 13th, 5 – 7 pm.

Art is always an exchange of ideas – between artist and viewer, curator and community, critic and public, past and future – a cycle of call and response. Interchange brings together objects and actions created by artists in an even more direct circle of exchange and includes works that rely on reciprocity, interdependence and communion – as well as conspiracy, codependence and commerce – for their creation and execution.

– INTERCHANGE Press Release

A simple human interaction can be a rich lesson. I started the Exchange Project in 2010 as a unstructured and on-going exploration into informal education and tacit forms of knowing. 

Each chapter of the project emerges from casual dialogue with people I encounter, where conversation about some particular knowledge or skill we each possess opens up.  The chapters may explore knowledge derived from personal experiences, observations, insights, intuition, information passed-down from previous generations, or habits particular to one’s life circumstances.  My encounters then develop into ‘lessons’ and sharing of personal values around the particular knowledge or skill.

I look at this project not just in the context of individual or community-specific forms of knowing, but as well as a person’s chosen form of self-presentation. It has become a window for me to see how the people I encounter identify themselves despite career titles, and what they think others may have overlooked about them. Through spending time in dialogue and in performing the exchanges, my objective is to understand the underlying framework of how one
comes to know, how such knowledge is shared and performed, as well as the mutual suspending of assumptions in order to arrive at mutual understanding.

The exchange on my part differs from chapter to chapter, based on the specific interaction with my subject.

– Sarah Koljonen

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