Stephanie Barber in the ON::View Residency
Residency Period: April 9th - May 7th, 2022
Artist Talk and Film Screening at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center: Details to Follow
First Friday Closing Reception: May 6th, 2022, 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Sulfur Studios - 2301 Bull Street, Savannah GA 31401
Open Residency Studio Hours: Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays, noon – 5PM
Sulfur Studios is pleased to present DIALOGS, a project by Stephanie Barber in the ON::View Residency at Sulfur Studios from April 9th - May 7th, 2022.
About the Project
Barber will be working on her ongoing, multidisciplinary project DIALOGS, which combines literature and video, while in residence at Sulfur Studios. She will continue writing her collection of short, poetic dialogs and will use the studio to write, edit, shoot and share these texts and videos.
Barber is interested in using non-actors for these videos, and invites visitors to Sulfur Studios to be recorded while reading her text, collaborating directly with her filmmaking. She’s interested in the conversations being legible as texts, the way a poet may read from the page and, though immersive and convincing, the audience is acutely aware of the text as object, the literary offering as distinct gesture.
In a time when America is so incredibly divided and people place their feet ever more firmly into their beliefs and ethics, Barber finds the dialog an amazing tool to bisect one’s consciousness and investigate the implications of a unidirectional stance. Though her pieces are primarily poetic and not political, this very splitting of the poetic utterance, this coming at a gesture, mood or idea from more than one (fictionalized) voice is a political act. Demoting the authority of the voice, even the imagined voice, is a step towards recognizing the multiplicity of perspectives, interpretations and lived experiences that compose human society. Through each of the dialogs this variance is championed. Not in a didactic or pedagogical way, but playfully and poignantly, moments and ideas are considered and experienced through two lenses.
About the Artist
Stephanie Barber is a writer and artist who has created a poetic, conceptual and philosophical body of work in a variety of media, often literary/visual hybrids that dissolve boundaries between narrative, essay and dialectic works. Her work considers the basic philosophical questions of human and non-human existence (its morbidity, profundity and banality) with play and humor.
Barber’s films and videos have screened nationally and internationally in solo and group shows at MOMA, NY; The Tate Modern, London; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Paris Cinematheque; The Walker Art Center, MN; MOCA Los Angeles, The Wexner Center for Art, OH, among other galleries, museums and festivals.
The ON::View Residency Program is presented with investment by the City of Savannah. Special thanks as well to our Residency Sponsors Green Truck Pub, Starlandia Supply, and Starland Yard.
DIALOGS will take place in the ON::View Residency at Sulfur Studios from April 9th - May 7th, 2022, with a Closing Reception on Friday, May 6th from 5:00 - 9:00 pm in conjunction with First Fridays in Starland. Barber will have open
studio hours at Sulfur Studios on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 - 5:00 pm. There will be an Artist Talk and film screening at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center - details to follow.
Follow @onviewresidency on Instagram to keep up with the project.
For more information please contact:
Samantha Mack – Gallery Assistant and Director of Public Relations