The opening reception for the exhibition will take place on Tuesday, November 1st at 5 pm.
Assembly offers system-impacted young people, aged 18-26, an inroad to art and connections to working artists while serving as an alternative to incarceration and its intersecting systems of oppression. Founded in 2016, Assembly is a core part of the Brooklyn-based art and community space, Recess, furthering its mission to reimagine a public for art. The curriculum of Assembly empowers young people to take charge of their own life stories and envision a future through art. The program diverts both misdemeanor and felony charges and in 2020 expanded to include a peer-to-peer referral model, allowing the organization to broaden its reach.
For the exhibition I Tried to Save Myself, Assembly youth fellows and program educators present a body of work that emanates from its community’s resilience and self-determination in the face of continuous obstacles to liberation. Including large and small format photography, prints, video, collage, and an ongoing musical workshop, I Tried to Save Myself welcomes guests into a space where safety is imagined and established without the use of coercion, policing, and violence. Works on view, then, capture both subtle intimations of care alongside bold expressions of being. Through staged and conceptual portraiture, this community proclaims its existence in the present and future.
Contributors include Amir Akram, Nate Bernard, Kristina Bivona, Camilo Godoy, Zaire Irick, Saint James, KT Kennedy, Kirsten Leach, Shaun Leonardo, Glenn Quentin, Darrell Santana, and Jay Ventura.
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