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Wrestling the Snake: Open Season in Political Art.

WRESTLING THE SNAKE: Open Season in Political Art


Curated by Leah Brown and Peter Symons

May 28 – Aug 12, 2016

PREVIEW May 27 | 7-9 pm

OPENING May 28 (With performance by David Rohn and Danilo De La

Torre) | June 25 | July 30 | 6-10 pm


521 NW 1 st Ave

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Press contact: Leah Brown,

“If I seem to take part in politics, it is only because politics encircle us today like the coil of a snake

from which one cannot get out, no matter how much one tries. I wish therefore to wrestle with the

snake.” -- Mahatma Gandhi

WRESTLING THE SNAKE: Open Season in Political Art is a group art

exhibition of large-scale sculpture, installation, painting, performance, sound and video in

The Projects Art Exhibition Space in FATVillage in Fort Lauderdale. Each of the individual

works in the show is an examination of current political issues, particularly in light of the

presidential candidates’ race. What curators Leah Brown and Peter Symons have found is

that the South Florida artist community has been inspired in both positive and critical ways

by the 2016 election season, and are making work related to a real questioning of their

own and the nation’s political ethos.

Aurora Molina, detail of “11 Candidates and the President”


Richard Vergas

About the CURATORS:

Leah Brown (MFA 2014, UM) and Peter Symons (MFA 2008, Pratt) are a husband/wife

team who has been collaborating as artists and curators since they met as undergraduates

studying sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000. They relocated from

NYC to Ft Lauderdale in 2008, and began co-curating The Projects Contemporary Art

Space in 2010. They have written for and received funding from the John S. and James L.

Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge to fund basic operations and expanded

programming for FATVillage Arts District from 2015-2017. In addition to their curations,

they collaborate as the art team for Art+Light+Space Studios, and each maintains their

own separate studio practice.

About the GALLERY:

The Projects is an 8000 square foot warehouse gallery, in the heart of FATVillage Arts

District (Flagler Arts and Technology Village), the impetus for Fort Lauderdale's ever-

growing arts community. Monthly last-Saturday Artwalks run shuttles between clusters of

artist’s studios, galleries & creative businesses throughout Flagler village. This unique

exhibition space allows artists to make very large or very tall artworks. The

Projects exhibition space was recently awarded the Knight Arts Challenge Grant, which is

in part funding this exhibition.

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