EXILE Books is excited to launch the ID Project, a pop-up exhibition and experimental social space which encourages visitors to reflect on and explore notions of identity through art and words. In addition to browsing through identity-centric books and zines in a loungey setting, visitors are invited to participate in salons that encourage the audience to consider questions of self and how we cultivate our own voice within the community.
The ID project is co-curated and co-created by by Jill Deupi, Beaux Arts Director and Chief Curator of the Lowe; Cristina Favretto, Head of Special Collections at University of Miami; and Amanda Keeley, Founder of EXILE Books, and occupies the space of the Lowe’s former store. On view through April 2017, the project will constantly evolve as we focus on a series of pivotal questions: Who am I? Who are you? Who are we? The display of books will rotate as subject matters are explored, the exhibition develops as we post our selfie pics and text pieces, and new zines will be printed and available for browsing and purchase.
The ID Project is accompanied by a series of “identity salons” that invite visitors to tackle this fundamental concept from a wide range of angles, including gender, sex, culture, race, politics, age, and socio-economic status. In partnership with Writing Class Radio, the salons facilitate writing, to generate and document our own personal stories. Special programs will address the various themes of identity, and complement the Lowe’s dynamic exhibitions currently on view, all of which speak to the notion of identity and Walt Whitman’s truism: “We contain multitudes.”
The ID Project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the State of Florida.