Witness | Efrem Zelony-Mindell

Efrem Zelony-Mindell | Witness

OD is delighted to announce our first curator takeover of 2022. For the next seven days we will be sharing work selected by Efrem Zelony-Mindell on our instagram feed [@odtakeovers]. Efrem will be sharing work from one of their latest curatorial projects ‘Witness’.

Jeanette Spicer, Two, 2020
Michael Lagerman, Yesterday Flows From Tomorrow, 2020
Madeline Cass, Carrizozo, New Mexico, 2020
Bronwen Wickström, Liv at Jacob Riis, 2020

Witness is committed to the intricacies of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists who explore different ideas, but when they move together are able to accomplish radical forms of expression and affection. This collection of works by sixty-four artists, and afterword by Kelsey Sucena [@kelsey_sucena, Managing Editor @photocaptionist], will rearrange preconceptions and expectations that generally cluster around hegemonic ideologies connected to race and gender, while also challenging how viewers and academia think about intersectional forms of visual photographic language.

The artists included in ‘Witness’ explore the personal, the psychological, the communal, and the unidentifiable. Only together with their differences will common goals and new missions come to form, be realized, and pursued. This book acts as a small step into the direction of a world cognizant of the values of critical race and gender theory.

Witness | The book is now sold out
However it is available to view for free online HERE

Witness exhibition is currently on display at Texas Tech University, School of Art, until 27 February, 2022


Grace Abler, Eva Alcántara, Carmelo Amenta, Chris Behroozian, Chris Berntsen, Frances Bukovsky, Madeline Cass, Joseph Caster, Julianne Clark, Jordan DeLawder, Ian Dempsey, Jesse Egner, Dylan Everett, Caity Fares, Zachary Francois, Jodie Mim Goodnough, Suzi Grossman, Paul Guilmoth, Keavy Handley-Byrne, Jamil Hellu, Nan Heyneman, Elizabeth Hibbard, Nico Kartel, Michael Koch, Niko Krivanek, Michael Lagerman, Ross Landberger, Vaughan Larsen, Lee Chang Ming, Paula Lycan, Chris Maliga, Lucie March, Meagan Marsh Pine, Rachael McArthur, C. Meier, Leor Miller, Miucci Antonio, Penny Molesso, John William Murphy, Rodrigo Oliveira, Lily Olsen, Mag Parson, Jody Poorwill, Elizabeth Preger, Res, André Ramos-Woodard, Jezabeth Roca Gonzalez, Shawn Rowe, Becca Schwartz, Paul Simon, Alec Snow, Mark Sommerfeld, Jeanette Spicer, Marissa Nicole Stewart, Carter Sturgeon, Josh Tarplin, Callan Thomas, Bronwen Wickström, Derrick Woods-Morrow, Charlotte Woolf, Iris Wu, Joey Young, Madessyn Zahn

About Curator, Efrem Zelony-Mindell

Efrem Zelony-Mindell is a white non-binary artist. Some of their curatorial endeavors include group shows: n e w f l e s h, Are You Loathsome, This Is Not Here, and Witness. They have written about art for FOAM, Unseen, DEAR DAVE, SPOT, and essays for artists’ monographs. Their first book n e w f l e s h (2019), published by Gnomic Book and shortlisted for the Paris Photo Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award 2020, looks to study queerness beyond the body . Efrem’s second book Primal Sight (2021), also published by Gnomic Book and short listed for the Lucie Foundation Photo Book Award 2021, is a survey of contemporary black-and-white photography and includes the work of 146 international artists. Their third, self published, book Witness (2021) acts as a small step into the direction of a world cognizant of the values of critical race and gender theory by focusing on the works of 64 BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists. These books are in over 50 libraries and archives around the world. Efrem exists in New York, unless they’re elsewhere.

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