2020 PROGRAM

RESPOND / REVIVE

Respond / Revive 2020
It's the year the was cancelled in real time, and revived in the ether.

The Micro Galleries new 2020 program is in response to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic that has brought the tangible realm as we know it to a standstill, and opened up a chasm of chaotic possibility in the virtual space. This year is a forced, but natural evolution into connection via the virtual, creation through the absurd, and creating with and for the unexpected.

Our Call To Action
RESPOND: To the COVID-19 Pandemic and global crisis

REVIVE: Beyond COVID-19 and into a new world order and reality
Be A Creative Change-Maker
For the price of a coffee, you can insert that ol' coin into the bubblegum machine of creative chewiness, and help a delicious bit of creativity fall into some much needed hands. Actively be a creative change-maker and help bring about the creative injections that we all want to see throughout the realm!
Micro Class
Artists from the MG International Artist Collective run a one hour "Masterclass" for their fellow Collective members to teach their process and practice.
June and July
SPHERE: Curatorial and Virtual Exhibition Program
3 select MG International Artist Collective members will curate 3 different virtual exhibitions from works by our Collective.
October - November
Virtual Collaborations
Micro Galleries International Artist Collective partner up with another Collective member from a different country, culture, practice and purpose, to create new work for you.
November

11-13 DECEMBER, 2020
PROJECT / FORWARD: 2047
"The future is up for grabs. It belongs to any and all who will take the risk and accept the responsibility of consciously creating the future they want."
Robert Anton Wilson

2047
To end 2020, we are sprinkling a little salt bae into the creative realm with our festival this year: Project / Forward: 2047. A weekend-long global projection art festival featured in Kenya, Nepal, Colombia, Indonesia, Peru and Jordan, and being echoed in Hong Kong, Austria, Italy, Spain and Australia. Over 45 artworks from across the world will be beamed onto unexpected spaces in places we need to be in the spotlight, proving that not only will COVID not stop us from creating, it's giving us the fuel to create the world we want.

CONCEPT: The leaders have messed it all up, and our artists have been offered the unique opportunity to create what the year 2047 will look like. Our artists have been informed they are the new global leaders, creating the blueprint for 2047. They are sketching what values people will have, how will they spend their time, what does the cultural landscape look like, what do we all do all day, what is our environment, how do we live?

Building on the past, on the data we have, on those who went before us to be brave enough to envision a different, better world – what will they create? They are imagineers who can build a better tomorrow, forging possibility and alternatives, where no one believes there is any.

This program was made possible thanks to Jason Stephenson.
ARTIST CALLOUT
Are you an artist working in moving image, animation, digital or new media and from Jordan, Kenya, or Indonesia?

Micro Galleries is commissioning one projection artwork from an artist in each of these countries. The artwork must respond to the theme of creating a blueprint for what 2047 will look like from the perspective of your culture and community.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 25 NOVEMBER
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2020
SPHERE SERIES.
3 virtual exhibitions, curated from 3 MG International Collective, drawing work from their peers in the Collective.
SPHERE
SPHERE evokes a new world and shape for artworks. The Micro Galleries International Artist Collective members are the guest curators, re-framing and re-envisioning artworks from their peers in the Collective, to give them a unique focus, intent and purpose within the larger fabric of our world-wide Collective and the global issues we face.

SPHERE will feature three exhibitions curated by Adam Kuby (USA), Valeriana (Colombia), and Wilson Muratha (Kenya).

Creative Lead: Rachel Honnery

This program was made possible thanks to Jason Stephenson.

Paukwa-Pakawa. It Came And It Happened.
"Nobody lacks a story, some are funny, others are sad. The journey is long we encounter a lot in our path,
bad days are brightened by good times, unforgettable memories. It all comes to an ending with: 'I lived', but the sweetness of the story is how it starts - Paukwa-Pakawa."

"It came and it happened", is a translation for the Swahili phrase Paukwa Pakawa used to begin stories. This exhibition uses artists from the Micro Galleries International Artist Collective to tell personal stories of dreams, hopes and life. The artworks displayed in this exhibition blur the lines between the past, present and future. How we leave traces of our existence on earth and on one another, and how that imprint creates our narratives, understanding of history, and visions for the future.

It Came and it Happened.

Curator: Wilson Muratha (Kenya)

Click the video below for the 4 min highlight reel, or...
Check Out It Came And It Happened Exhibition Now!
Against the Odds
That life itself gained a foothold on Earth within such a vast universe is already an "Against the Odds" story—and likely the biggest of all. So it's not surprising that all organisms on earth are hard-wired to survive and thrive whatever the obstacles. Do we all contain that initial impulse that the first life forms held? Does it exist in each of us? I think so.

This online exhibition features work from MG Collective Artists that bring us closer to those that are that are fighting to survive and thrive despite whole systems and forces working against them—be they humans or other species we share the planet with.

Through their imagery, the processes they use to create, or their strategic on-site interventions, the pieces gathered here give a window into the ecologies of privilege and access that so many are forced to deal with—or that other species have to navigate on our human- dominated planet.

Being an artist is also a feat of determination, whatever privileges one did or didn't have, in a world that prioritizes profit over spirit. How closely linked is the urge to create with the urge to survive? Are they even separate? The street artists, rad designers, artivists, public artists, and out-of-the-boxers of the Micro Galleries International Artist Collective have each found scrappy ways to carve out their niche, to make work, engage with the wider world, and hopefully make a buck. Against the odds.

Curator: Adam Kuby

Click the video below for the 4 min highlight reel.

November 2020 - February 2021
Lift.
Lifting up Change-Makers and Creatives Who Want to Make Social Waves With Art
Lift. Mentorship
Lift. is a free global mentorship program for community / socially engaged emerging artists and cultural change-makers. Being an arts + cultural change-maker can be one of the most profoundly amazing creative paths – but we know it can also be exhausting, challenging and lonely breaking boundaries. This is an opportunity to connect with like-minded souls, extend your practice, and formulate ideas that have resonance.

We believe that art is a powerful force for positive change. We are an artist collective and cultural hub that acts, disrupts, and transforms in unexpected places and ways. We want to share these skills with those who want to make an impact, using art as a vehicle for positive change in their community.

3 x Micro Galleries International Collective artists have selected 3 x mentees to lift. to somewhere new.

Check back next week to meet our mentees!

This program was made possible thanks to Jason Stephenson.

The Mentors
Three dedicated, experienced and dynamic artists waiting to lift. someone up through knowledge-sharing, encouragement, and passing on hard-earned skills.
Ben Taranto
Language: English

Ben is a sculpture and installation artist who works with minimalism, conceptual art and land art/earth works.

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Debra Espinosa
Language: English and Spanish

Debra is a street artist, illustrator and photographer who believes that apocalyptic times call for post-apocalyptic measures and solutions.

WEBSITE
Valeriana
Language: English and Spanish

A street artist, designer and feminist Latina, Valeriana is currently creating social impact projects.


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The Mentees
Three incredible people from around the world, fixing on their rocket boots and ready to rise.
Natalie Alexandrova
Bulgaria
Working with Ben Taranto

Hi, I'm Natalie Alexandrova and I am a part of the new generation. I focus my creative energy in performance art, taking inspiration from alternative theatre, independent cinema and music. I am from Sofia, Bulgaria where I was a part of an alternative theater company and moved to Barcelona to study contemporary dance and art in Institut del Teatre (class of 2020). My creative journey has taken me to London, where I currently live. I believe in art as a vehicle to transform our society and I take special interest in environmental issues and helping our Mama Earth.
Marx Fidel
Philippines
Working with Debra Espinosa
WEBSITE
Marx Fidel, a visual artist based in Manila, Philippines, aims to deliver seemingly small, yet extra-ordinary stories through his narrative-driven illustrations, photographs, and other works of art.

Socio-politically charged and driven, he is also an artist-activist who constantly tries to challenge his environment's current social and political status quo through his editorial works, exposing and commenting on the many issues his countrymen and fellow colleagues are dangerously facing.

Also, his favorite catchphrase is "mula sa kalawakan" literally translated to "from space", because, like anything from space, he believes remarkable stories can come from anywhere.

Miguel Rios
Colombia
Working with Valeriana
WEBSITE
Miguel is a multidisciplinary artist in-the-making; has been singing, composing and playing music from around 2008, working with illustration, concept development, has experimented with embroidery, stencil crafting and a bit of graffiti, currently a graphic design student interested in working in social improving projects, new masculinities and psychological well-being.
1 - 15 July, 2020
ART CARDS FOR HEALTH CARERS
An injection of global applause and creative thanks to anyone holding together the frontline for us.
The Exhibition
This is your ultimate 15 min art exhibition experience – no lines, no gift shop, just your piping hot coffee, comfy chair and original post-card size artworks made by creatives all over the world, presented directly to you. It is an injection of positivity, generosity and kindness from artists to lift you out of the COVID-haze and into the realm of health care heroes.

Art Cards For Health Carers was a one month project throughout August, 2020. Micro Galleries called out to artists around the world to create an original artwork to send to someone on the front line of COVID-19 care. It's a small gift from our industry to theirs, to say we see you, and thank you for protecting and helping us all.

We are going to guide you through our ethereal exhibition space and if you're not running out to buy scrubs that double as capes by the end of this, then your coffee is on us!
18 - 24 MAY, 2020
Words in Windows
A micro injection of words of hope, resilience and new ideas for a post-COVID world
The Exhibition
How do you make a blueprint for the future whilst you're huddled down at home surviving 2020? Get a global community of creatives to plot and plan and write it out...on their windows! Words in Windows is an open, global initiative by Micro Galleries. We put out the call for creatives from across the globe to place our ideas, poetry, positive protest, message of love, hope, resilience, questions, imaginings for a post-COVID society in windows for friends, family, neighbours – anyone!

The idea is that no matter how small our audience, how tiny the window, how small the impact, we litter our windows with words that make our buildings artworks, inject something wonderful into the lives of passers-by, and build a new literary narrative for the future. Our only requirement is that it is a positive contribution to our community.For one week in July 2020, creative souls who care - from Nairobi to Jakarta to Hong Kong to Sydney - wrote their messages out for the world to respond to, and we have brought them all together in a collection here for you.

If you get fuelled up and sparkly levels of inspired to make your own, please tag us! #MicroGalleries #WordsinWindows
Check Out The Words In Windows Exhibition Now!
20 May, 2020
COVIDx Talks
An online talk and Q & A from 5 of our MG International Artist Collective.
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Creating With Uncertainty
A Two-Hour TEDx/Pecha Kucha-style talk.
What is uncertainty, and the reciprocity between an artist and the unknown? A two-hour series of presentations, where five of our MG International Artist Collective explored how they are creating with uncertainty in these crazy times. They delved into their practices, lived experience and diverse cultural reality in order to unpack how their creative and personal identity is intertwined or removed from the concept of uncertainty, how the uncertain picture of today and tomorrow informs their practice, and the optimism of uncertainty and generating opportunity through foraging for the new
Line Up / GMT+8
Designer and Educator / USA
An artist who uses design as a strategy for creation. A designer who brings artistic methods to her solutions.

20:05 – 20:25
Visual Artist / Spain
Visual artist based in Madrid who is interested in changes, movement, and the relationship between people and the environment.
20:25 – 20:45
Urban Artist / Australia
An urban artist who creates colourful, emotive, layered work. Inspired by the female form, typography, and colour, Sarah mixes these elements to create vibrant murals, over-sized canvas artworks and street posters.
20:45 - 21:05
Collage Artist and Designer / USA
A collage artist taking his art from galleries to the streets using wheatpaste to reach untapped audiences in his community.
21:05 - 21:25
Artist and Activist / Australia
Ben makes monuments of, and memorials to nature as we watch it (and capture it in high definition) disappearing before our eyes.
21:25 - 21:45
Q & A
We will open the floor to any further questions you might have for our artists.
21:45 - 22:00
Meena Khalili / Creating With Uncertainty
Taquen / Creating With Uncertainty
Sarah Sculley / Creating With Uncertainty
Dakarai Akil / Creating With Uncertainty
Ben Tee / Creating With Uncertainty
COVIDx Talk: Creating With Uncertainty / Full Session with Q&A
June - July, 2020
Micro Class
An online talk and Q & A from 5 of our MG International Artist Collective.
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