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andrea geyer

Anemoi - to those who insist on community (The New School Centennial Commission). 2019. site-specific, modular system of 20 photo-based portraits, aluminum leaf   wool felt, bleached walnut frames

Anemoi is a project that looks at The New School’s recent past (1990-2019) to celebrate individuals who identify, or at some point in their lives, identified or were identified as woman, female, or trans and who have a significant and sustained impact on the university’s culture. Specifically, Anemoi recognizes those who in one-on-one meetings, in offices, in hallways, in groups, and classrooms, have steadfastly fostered a generous environment of care and respect in the community. It pays tribute to how their labor, in uniting students, faculty and staff, has enabled new ways of thinking and learning not yet imagined by the educational mission of the institution. The project takes its name “Anemoi” from the wind gods of Ancient Greek mythology. A steady, untamable force, wind brings air and life with it. Coming from and leading to all cardinal directions, Anemoi points to the vast expansiveness of The New School’s community and materializes the potent connections and histories these individuals promote – connections that can be fleeting in the fast pace of the university’s annual cycles, yet are at the core of the institution at large. Anemoi consists of a group of twenty photo-based portraits made from aluminum leaf and wool felt. Hexagonal-shaped, these portraits can be linked to each other in a modular hive-like system and rearranged in varied constellations. In addition, single portraits from the work will be available for installation in less public spaces throughout the university. This flexibility invites viewers to imagine the works infinite growth across the space of the institution. As such Anemoi reaches into The New School’s pasts as well as its possible futures, honoring those creating the winds that insist on community in perpetuity. An accompanying website (launched in November 2019) functions as an integral part of the work and will allow viewers to learn more about the individuals pictured as well as others identified in a community survey used as source material for this project. This survey will remain active until Feb 2020 to allow current students, faculty and staff to continue to recommend other individuals for inclusion on the website or potential future portraits.

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