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Kolaj Institute operates a number of initiatives through which we support artists, curators, and writers who seek to study, document, and disseminate ideas that deepen our understanding of collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st century movement.
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The Kolaj Institute maintains an archive on collage artists and receives materials such as exhibition announcements, catalogs, and other material generated by the artist's practice and makes these materials available to researchers, writers, and curators. The Archive will manifest in a number of ways as a physical and digital archive. Artists may deposit physical and digital documents into the archive by opening a file with the Institute. Kolaj Magazine Artist Directory will become the primary online gateway of the Artist Archive.
The Archive includes a number of physical and digital collections:
The institute operates directories that gather information about collage artists, projects, and communities:
Kolaj Magazine Artist Directory
The Kolaj Magazine Artist Directory is a tool for organizing and cataloguing artists who work in the medium of collage. Its audience includes the general public, as well as independent curators, art venues, and writers. The editorial staff uses the Artist Directory to select artists to feature in the publication and to select artists for various curatorial projects.
Collage Books takes an inclusive approach to documenting collage-related publishing efforts and is open to trade editions, ‘zines, artist books, catalogues, and literary endeavours. The online site, Collage Books, contains listings for all collage-related titles and, like the magazine, the site takes a broad view. Collage Books resulted in the October 2019 symposium on The Book as a Place of Collage at Volume 2 MTL and a publication.
Collage communities are collectives, meet-ups, ongoing collaborative projects, and groups whose focus and mission involves collage as a medium or genre in some way. The International Directory of Collage Communities is a survey of artist groups who come together around collage. The directory exists online as a searchable website. Kolaj Institute publishes a printed directory that features and highlights communities every two years. By documenting and mapping these communities, Kolaj Institute works to develop a picture of the collage movement: how collage artists are working together, how they are diffusing collage, and what challenges they face mobilizing an art community.
Collage in Motion Directory
Collage in Motion Directory is a tool for organizing and cataloging artists who work in the medium of motion collage. Its audience includes the general public as well as independent curators, art venues, and writers. The mission of the Directory is to create more visibility, community, and historical understanding of the medium, and to create a future traveling program of screenings and opportunities. We hope to inspire more still image collage artists to explore motion in their work and that we find each other in an increasingly digital world. Through Fall 2022, the directory will be curated by Collage in Motion Fellow Laurie O'Brien as a way to set the standard and provide historical context for the medium. The Directory has opened submissions for artists that want to be included after the Fellowship ends.
Kolaj Institute works with Kasini House to publish books that document and diffuse ideas that deepen our understanding of collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st century movement. Books are often outcomes of residencies, fellowships, and other projects. MORE
Kolaj Institute runs a number of initatives designed to support the growth and development of artists
Residencies are focused on artmaking, are project-driven, and provide an artist or writer dedicated time to complete bodies of work for exhibition or publications that are then supported by Kolaj Institute.
Workshops are focused on research and the development of critical ideas and skills. Often the participants create texts which are disseminated through Kolaj Magazine and Kolaj Institute's publications.
Artist Labs are an intensive series of workshops and discussions designed to foster the integration of history and contemporary art into an artist’s practice. Produced in concert with Art Meets History, Labs include specific discussions about the medium of collage including the challenge of creating large work and issues of appropriation, copyright, and fair use and explore how the artist’s choice and understanding of material shapes the narrative of the artwork. After the Lab, artists will leave with a network of peer support; an idea for a project; and the task of turning that idea into a project proposal and a sample work. Proposals are sent to partnering organizations for review and potential implementation.
Kolaj produces online forums and multi-day events that bring the community together, celebrate collage, and investigate contemporary collage and its role in art, culture, and society through artist talks, workshops, discussions, demonstrations, and presentation of academic research.
Kolaj Fest New Orleans
Kolaj Fest New Orleans is a multi-day festival and symposium about contemporary collage and its role in art, culture, and society that brings together art professionals at museums, galleries, and centers as well as academics, writers, and artists to explore critical issues around collage. On hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will return June 15-19, 2022. Past Events: 2018 | 2019
World Collage Day
In 2018, Kolaj Magazine initiated World Collage Day, an international celebration of collage on the Second Saturday of May. We invited artists and art venues to hold events on that day to celebrate collage. We saw fifty events in twenty-five countries and thousands of posts on social media using the hashtag, #worldcollageday. For this annual event, Kolaj Magazine publishes a special edition, works with an artist to make an "Official Poster", and publishes a website of events and projects. The next World Collage Day is May 14, 2022. Past Events: 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021
Kolaj LIVE events are weekend-long, real time manifestations of Kolaj Magazine and Kolaj Institute in cities around the world.
Kolaj LIVE Online
In response to COVID-19 and the postponement of the 2020 edition of Kolaj Fest New Orleans, we created Kolaj LIVE Online, a series of virtual programs in the form of forums, panels, workshops, artist talks, studio visits, and other activities that allowed people to come together, learn and talk about collage, and connect in real time to the collage community. Kolaj LIVE Online saw over 500 unique participants attend a dozen virtual events that took place between July and September 2020. Average event attendance was 75 people. We continue to host virtual forums on a monthly basis. NEXT EVENT | PAST EVENTS
The Sanquhar Meeting at MERZ Gallery in Scotland, January 25, 2020 more
Kolaj Institute uses its network of artists, writers, and curators to create exhibitions that deepen our understanding of collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st century movement. A publication accompanies the exhibitions.
Fellowships are half year-to-year-long projects where curators, writers, or academics take on multifaceted projects that produce exhibitions, programming, or publications.
Latin American Collage: Enrique "Kike" Congrains, 2021
During the fellowship, Lima, Peru-based Enrique “Kike” Congrains will report on collage in Latin America. Taking a country to country view of the region, Congrains will investigate the history of collage, profile contemporary artists, and report on collectives, events, and galleries. Kolaj Institute will work with Congrains to publish a book of his Canson City collages and stories.
During her fellowship, Brooklyn and Rochester, New York-based Laurie O'Brien will report on collage in animation and assist Kolaj Institute in the development of an online directory of collage films. O'Brien will curate a program of films that will be available for screening.
About Kolaj Institute
The mission of Kolaj Institute is to support artists, curators, and writers who seek to study, document, & disseminate ideas that deepen our understanding of collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st century movement. We operate a number of initiatives meant to bring together community, investigate critical issues, and raise collage’s standing in the art world.
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