forget how to read by Today at the Archive is an intervention set within E.M. Wolfman’s bookstore and gallery that will discuss through the interplay of photography and objects the idea of “reading” and “narrative” in the digital age. Public spaces of reading are increasingly disappearing and this project proposes a way to actively and creatively re-engage the community.
Today at the Archive is a collaborative duo composed of artist, Ali Padgett, and curator, Amelia Brod. They often work together to create exhibitions and interventions that encourage active looking and alternative narratives through the disruption of quiet space in archives, libraries and places of reading.
Ali Padgett is a California native living and working in Oakland. She graduated from California College of the Art’s MFA program in 2012 with a degree in photography. Captivated by the numerous ways in which images inhabit the world and circulate within it, her work incorporates found and printed photographs in an attempt to both unravel pictures and complicate them. Recent projects include We live here a collection of snapshots mapping routes in her neighborhood and Women in magazines a photographic survey of women in fashion magazines. A longtime collector of artists books, zines and printed matter, Ali has been making photographs and working in libraries for over ten years. For the exhibition Forget How To Read at E.M Wolfman Ali combines these interests to create an uncanny intervention in the shelves and amongst the books which will have you wondering where the space begins and the photograph ends.
Amelia Brod recently graduated with an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts with a thesis titled Art and Community Organizing Queens Museum. Amelia has previously had stints at Creative Time, The Brooklyn Arts Council and The Wassaic Project. Most recently she curated a series of ten installations that interrupted quiet space at the Meyer and Simpson Libraries in Oakland and San Francisco as well as Painting is Forbidden, a solo exhibition dedicated to the work of artist Martin Wong at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. Amelia is fascinated by photography, artists' books and social practice.