The works in “Nina in Position”, the current group exhibition at Artists Space in SoHo, employ Walter Benjamin’s contention that “To live is to leave traces,” as a platform from which to examine the body and its environs. Curated by Jeffrey Uslip, the exhibition is made up of work that takes into consideration the ways in which artistic rituals, histories, and narratives are re-signified within contemporary visual culture. Artists in the exhibition include: Kelly Barrie, Justin Beal, Huma Bhabha, Anya Gallaccio, Wade Guyton, Barkley Hendricks, Roni Horn, Igloolik Isuma Productions, Mary Kelly, Charles Long, Michelle Lopez, Andrew Lord, Robert Mapplethorpe, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Jack Pierson, Michael Queenland, Marco Rios, Amanda Ross- Ho, Julia Scher, Haim Steinbach, Lisa Tan, Josh Tonsfeldt.
Although striving to challenge the parameters of genre, most of the work can be described as sculptural, or a hybrid of artistic disciplines that creates a “sculptural gesture.” Many of the artists like Michelle Lopez and Huma Bhabha have been recognized as “sculptors” in the past, and the artworks illustrate sculpture’s mercurial qualities by examining materiality, trantransience, and the process of making. Intergenerational and interracial, Nina in Position curatorial matrix places artworks in dialogue in order to identify how social, cultural, and geopolitical change occurs on a local level, as well as to articulate how methodologies, practices, and tolerance shape-shift over decades.