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Networks of (Be)longing

October 16, 2020 - December 6, 2020

Exhibition flyer that reads "Networks of (be)longing"

Adjacencies, dissonances, and dynamics of power circulate within networks, shifting pathways and modes of operation. Philosopher, sociologist, and anthropologist Bruno Latour’s Reassembling the Social (2005) acknowledges that evolving networks constitute and even foster human relations; but rather than assuming homogeneity, he proposes a “tracing of associations,” enabling heterogenous elements of sociality to be “assembled anew.” This speculative tracing of relationalities—the recognition of networks, their multitudinous ways of being, and their world-building capabilities—comprises the premise of this exhibition.

//What is maintained within their strands of relation and intersection? And what is at stake when networks nourish artistic ways of being and longing—(be)longing?//

Networks of (Be)longing queries the relational traces structuring and embedded within artistic networks. The installations, publication, sculptures and videos of Canaries collective, Rami George, Tabitha Nikolai, and Mengda Zhang disclose structures of care, communality, labor-relations, and familial ties bound by tensions and desires. Acknowledging their potential to be “assembled anew,” the exhibition highlights artistic research and experiences that reckon with modes of operation through a (non)structure of four overlapping “channels”: functioning within, bypassing, decoding, and reprogramming.

Networks of (Be)longing unfolds across a series of sites, creating a network all its own and stretching across physical and virtual sites. The exhibition includes a group show at the Center for Contemporary Art and Culture (CCAC); and a new commission at CCAC and satellite solo presentation at the Paragon Arts Gallery at Portland Community College, Cascade Campus by Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) Artist-in-Residence, Rami George, entitled, and one day will tell you so many stories (September 18–November 15, 2020). Remote viewing access to the works, accessible written and audio captions, labels, and the essay are available via the PNCA Online Galleries. Networks of (Be)longing is also accompanied by a suite of programs, including a collaboration with the MFA Critical Studies candidates entitled, Project Group Share, and an accompanying curatorial essay.

Networks of (Be)longing is organized by Laurel V. McLaughlin, independent curator, and supported by Mack McFarland, Assistant Professor at PNCA and Director of Converge 45, and Elizabeth Bilyeu, Director of the Paragon Arts Gallery. This exhibition is co-presented with Converge 45.


Center for Contemporary Art & Culture
ccac@pnca.edu (guest curator: lvmclaughlin7@gmail.com)
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Wheelchair accessible, Assistive listening devices
BIPOC artist(s), Women curated, LGBTQIA+ artist(s)
Event Type
Gallery, Visual Art, Performance Art, Film & Video, Lectures & Panels
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Center for Contemporary Art & Culture
511 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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