SAFETY FIRST: Sacrifices made in the name of security in the early 21st century
SAFETY FIRST: Sacrifices made in the name of security in the early 21st century – Asha Ganpat turns a mirror toward the state of privacy today. During the four week project, Ganpat presents a live streaming feed, 24/7, of the activity in the gallery. On view is Ganpat’s interpretation of Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon, into which the dichotomies of seen/unseen, hidden/exposed, watcher/watchee, and empowered/disenfranchised reveal the complications in the struggles of agency and power. Viewers are invited to sign up for movement alerts and may tune in for scheduled programming of special guests. The audience is also invited to visit and cross the threshold, stepping in front of the camera.
SAFETY FIRST goes online with the opening reception on Saturday, July 7, 2018. Check ashaganpat.com for the link to the streaming feed.
About the Artist
Asha Ganpat is a NYC area artist born in Trinidad and Tobago of the West Indies. Ganpat has shown at institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Exit Art, The Noyes Museum, The Queens Museum, The Jersey City Museum and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Her work was cited as one of NYC’s top 10 art installations of 2012 by Complex Magazine. She is an alumnus of Aljira’s Emerge, _gaia’s Wonder Women Residency, the NJBAS, Chashama North, Trinidad’s Alice Yard residency, and recently spoke at Asia Society and NYU.