The Artist’s Institute: 2016-2017 Season, Sharon Lockhart
The Artist’s Institute, New York, NY
September 15, 2016 – April 1, 2017
VIA is proud to support the 2016-2017 season at The Artist’s Institute dedicated to renowned artist Sharon Lockhart, a Los Angeles-based photographer and filmmaker whose practice is rooted in rigorous social research, based on her immersion in various communities around the world. Lockhart’s project focuses on her ongoing engagement with at-risk Polish girls who live in a state-sponsored home in Poland’s countryside. Over the course of three years, Lockhart has documented the girls’ growth and navigation through self-expression and selfhood in their teens. VIA’s grant supports a series of large-scale portraits entitled When You’re Free, You Run in the Dark to be exhibited at The Artist’s Institute, as well as a series of related public programs, in advance of a new film about the girls’ summer music workshop, which premiered at the Polish Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. Lockhart’s work provides both a glimpse at the creative and personal growth of youth and allows its subjects’ voices to be heard on a global scale.
Founded in 2010 in partnership with Hunter College, The Artist’s Institute is an exhibition space and research institute in New York City that dedicates seasons to artists twice a year, providing a platform for sustained inquiries outside the confines and rhythms of traditional galleries and exhibition spaces.