Join us for Void Salon, a free panel discussion about zines, the 70s and 80s, and more. With Tammy Rae Carland, Allan deSouza, Matt Wobensmith, and Fiamma Montezemolo.
Moderated by the curators of Void California: 1975–1989, the salon will be an opportunity to reflect on ideas that were brought about by the exhibition. Panelists will respond directly to the exhibition with a discussion concerning the ethnographic sensibilities of the artists included in the show.
- From a historian’s perspective, what can we gather from the exhibition that would have prompted these artists to document the subculture?
- What is added to this work when viewed through this lens?
- What do the different experiences and knowledge bases of the panelists bring to this conversation?
About the Panelists
Tammy Rae Carland
Tammy Rae Carland is an associate professor at California College of the Arts where she currently is the dean the Fine Arts division and has recently been appointed Provost. In the 1990s Carland independently produced a series of influential fanzines including I (heart) Amy Carter.
She has collaborated on the record art of some seminal underground music releases for the bands Bikini Kill, The Fakes, and The Butchies.
From 1997–2005 she co-ran Mr. Lady Records and Videos, an independent record label and video art distribution company that was dedicated to the production and distribution of queer and feminist culture.
Allan deSouza is a California-based multimedia artist. His photography, installation, text, and performance works restage historical evidence through counter-strategies of fiction, erase, and (mis)translation.
He is an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also chairs the Department of Art Practice. deSouza has exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally.
Matt Wobensmith is a business owner and zine maker living in San Francisco. Outpunk, a zine and label he started in the mid-1990s, ran for seven issues with contributions from queer punks, interviews, and articles on queercore bands.
In 2013 selections from Outpunk were reprinted in the anthology The Riot Grrrl Collection, compiled by Lisa Darms from The Riot Grrrl Archives at Fales Library at NYU, and published by The Feminist Press.
Outpunk, also a record label, was the first label devoted to queer punk bands.
In 2008 he opened a store in the Mission that sells vintage and hard-to-find zines, called Goteblüd.
Fiamma Montezemolo is both a cultural anthropologist and an artist. She is currently an adjunct professor at California College of the Arts teaching in the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.
As an artist, she situates her work as a critical extension and overcoming of the ethnographic turn in contemporary art.
She works with various media including installation, cartography, video, digital photography, industrial materials, performance, archival documents, and ethnography. Her art and video work has been exhibited both in the United States and internationally.
Void California’s programming will feature a performance by Oakland-based artist Brontez Purnellon March 11 during the opening reception, a screening of film and video works curated by San Francisco–based filmmaker Craig Baldwin on March 18, and abook launch on April 8.