Open Dialogue
Working Forces Closing Reception and Open Dialogue presented by the Soap Factory will take place on Sunday, December 18th from 2-4pm
American Dreamers Final Phase by Jordan Weber
Dolorous Interlude by Katayoun Amjadi

Join Working Forces curator, Jehra Patrick, in conversation with artists Katayoun Amjadi and Jordan Weber as they discuss their work and exhibition themes. Together with attendees they will open up a casual exchange about current concerns for constructed gender, environmental degradation, preservation of place, and art as a political agent.

Working Forces assembles 10 projects from 13 artists which employ a range of ideologies from production and consumption, the professionalization of the artist, corporate identities, manual functions, languages of management, objects of labor, support structures, and art as industry. The 1960s heralded the notion that art work, in addition to the acts of making, also describes the occupation of the artist-as-producer, and yielded the term ‘art worker.’ Currently, artists continue to assert their voice not only as a working class, but as agents of social change amidst a new boom of increased entrepreneurship, professionalization, and artistic cooption. Conceived for the Soap Factory, in Minneapolis’s post-industrial zone and home to Midwestern work ethic, the exhibition considers ‘art as a place for work,’ the workplace, and art’s role in the making – and unmaking – of economic status, class, labor, gender, race, and social dynamics.

Participating artists:

Jack Pavlik
J. Myszka Lewis
Anna Campbell
Adam Caillier and Michael Mott
Katayoun Amjadi
The Shaft
Heather R. Buechler 
Lindsay Foster & Mimi Cabell 
Jordan Weber
Kameelah Rasheed

 Located in our upstairs Galleries – One, Two, and Three

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 The  Soap Factory  
  514 2nd St. SE
Minneapolis MN 55414