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Riot Gear With Feminist Slogans and More Exhibitions This Week

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In the Name of the Hypersurface of the Present
Opening Wednesday, October 17 at Rubber Factory, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through November 11.

Presented in conjunction with Lower East Side Art Week, which spotlights women artists in the neighborhood, this solo show by Pakistani artist Umber Majeed may have a sci-fi-sounding name, but the work on view more closely resembles Word Art, trippy memes, or old Geocities web pages than any high-tech, augmented reality creation. That’s not to diminish its appeal; the distorted text, flattened graphics, and occasional use of Comic Sans creates a world of online intrigue that feels half in the past, half far in some weird corner of the future. Through this, Majeed seeks to explore a “feminist re-historicization of Pakistan as the first ‘Muslim nuclear state,’” bringing it out of the patriarchy and into a more radical framing. Keep Reading »

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Developing Story: Bushwick Community Darkroom Finds Bigger Digs

Bushwick Community Darkroom previews its massive new space (Photo: Scott Nyerges)

Bushwick Community Darkroom previews its massive new space (Photo: Scott Nyerges)

Back in 2011, Lucia Rollow set up a small darkroom in the basement of her Bushwick apartment where she could process black-and-white film. Analogue photography isn’t a cheap undertaking– chemicals, photo paper, equipment, and running water can quickly become expensive. Eventually, she invited in other photographers and film hobbyists she knew around the neighborhood and ended up opening Brooklyn’s only community darkroom.
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