May 08 2024

These Seasons | On the Production of Space with David L. Johnson, Emilio Martínez Poppe and Niloufar Emamifar

Wed | 7PM

For the next installment of These Seasons, SI brings together artists David L. Johnson, Emilio Martínez Poppe and Niloufar Emamifar to present on their individual practices, which share a common critical concern with the politics of space. The artists will discuss their respective engagements with urbanism and capitalist spatial regimes, exploring varied intersections with the ecocidal curtailment of more-than-human-life, the regulation of non-normative sexual desire, and the juridical reproduction of propertied logics.

These Seasons is an ongoing transdisciplinary public program that invites artists, scholars and writers to explore theories of nature, landscape, ecology, human and non-human life forms and climate action.

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David L. Johnson (b. 1993, New York, NY) lives and works in New York City. Johnson received a BFA from the Cooper Union in 2015 and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2020. He is an alumnus of the Whitney Independent Study Program and is a part-time lecturer at the New School and the University of Pennsylvania. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include: Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin (2023); Galerie Noah Klink, Berlin (2023); Art Lot, Brooklyn (2023); Theta, New York (2021). Recent group exhibitions have been held at: Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2023); Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago (2023); MoMA PS1, New York (2022); Artists Space, New York (2022). Johnson’s work is held in the public collection of The Studio Museum in Harlem.
Emilio Martínez Poppe is an artist and educator whose work is concerned with the right to the city and the struggle of public space. Recent exhibitions include the Queens Museum, CUE Art Foundation, and The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York; Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia; and Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam. Emilio is a member of Pinko Magazine and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Communications Design MFA at Pratt Institute.
Niloufar Emamifar is an artist who creates site-specific conceptual works that span sculpture, film, architectural adjustments, and public intervention. Emamifar has exhibited work at various institutions, including Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2023); MoMA PS1, NY (2022); The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2022); SculptureCenter, NY (2021); Hammer Museum, LA (2021); FELIX GAUDLITZ, Wien (2021); Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas (2020); Human Resources, Los Angeles (2019); Maxwell Graham gallery, NY (2018); Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, LA (2017); the Venice Biennale of Architecture, Italy (2016); the Iran Biennale of Architecture, Iran (2016); Southbank Centre, London (2013). She has participated in residencies including Capp Street Fellowship at Wattis Institute, San Francisco, Core Residency Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Amant Foundation and MoMA PS1 in New York, and London College of Communication in London.
Image: David L. Johnson, Adverse Possessions, 2022-ongoing, Removed property plaques