Press Press and DIRT @ WPA

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Guests: Kimi Hanauer, Valerie Wiseman, Georgie Payne, and Ikram Lakhdhar
Host: Christopher Kardambikis
Recorded on March 16, 2018
@ The Washington Project for the Arts

Press Press is an interdisciplinary publishing initiative established in 2014. Press Press's publishing practice is organized around two key goals; first, to shift and deepen the understanding of voices, identities, and narratives that have been suppressed or misrepresented by the mainstream, so far focusing on immigration and race in the United States; and second, to build networks of relationships through publishing practices centered on self-representation and gathering. Through an understanding of publishing as the act of gathering a public, Press Press’s streams of work include public cultural programming, an open-access publishing studio that’s based on an Exchange Economy, publishing workshops in an immigrant & refugee only space, and the ongoing production of print and digital publications. Press Press operates out of a storefront studio and library in Baltimore, MD.

Founded by a collective of art writers, art historians, artists, and curators, DIRT hopes to be an answer to the problematic lack of coverage, visibility, criticality, and authenticity within our immediate art community. DIRT seeks to survey, publish, and disrupt the cultural landscape through essays, public intervention, exhibition reviews, poems, interviews, and other non-traditional formats. With a focus on highlighting the DMV’s art, culture and history, we will use our online platform to advocate for our community’s network of artists, exhibitions, events and happenings in both traditional and unconventional spaces, while mediating between ‘the forces that be’ within the rapid changing of the city to imagine areas of growth.