Adam Forrester manifests a physical representation of the notion of selective memory by interacting with formally confidential archival materials reflecting the hidden history of his hometown.

Each of the three integrations of the performance will begin with the artist entering the space and putting on a coat already on display. The first two performances will consist of the artist applying black paint to selected portions of the archival material, highlighting certain elements, while redacting others. The final performance on 6/24 will begin just as the previous two, but the paint will cover each of the five documents entirely, overlapping onto the gallery wall. Before the paint dries each document will be removed entirely and tucked into a suitcase. The ending of each iteration will be marked by the return of the coat to its place hanging on the wall.

This performance is part of Forrester's installation in Sliver Space as part of Virtual Remains.

The performance will be repeated on March 25, 2021, April 15, 2021, and June 24, 2021. Register here to attend. Entry is not guaranteed without registration.

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Adam Forrester

Adam Forrester is a multimedia artist, photographer, and documentary filmmaker. His current project involves an interdisciplinary and multimedia exploration of the small town of Phenix City, Alabama. Forrester’s films have been screened at several film festivals, including the Oxford Film Festival in 2020, the Landlocked Film Festival in 2015, DOC NYC in 2019, and the Indie Grits Film Festival in 2016, 2019, and 2020. His films have been recognized with multiple awards, including the Reel South SHORT Award in 2020 from the Sidewalk Film Festival and the Seed & Spark Award in 2016 from the Atlanta Film Festival. Forrester had a 2020 solo exhibition, Archive(d) at whitespace Gallery in Atlanta and has exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably at the Historic Center of Kalamata in Greece, Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery in Poland, Weinberg/Newton Gallery in Chicago, and Soap Factory in Minneapolis. He was awarded grants from Idea Capital in 2017, The Rural Project Fellowship Grant in 2019, and the Southern Documentary Fund in 2018, as well as multiple residencies, including The Creatives Project in 2018 and Wassaic Residency Program in 2014. Forrester received an MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia and a BSc from Columbus State University.

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