Proximities at Helena Anrather

Proximities is a curatorial project I organized with Josephine Heston at Helena Anrather gallery on Elizabeth Street. Two months ago, we invited six artists to collaborate to develop workshops on fostering intimacy—which we defined in an expansive sense to include not only private but also social relations—that they would lead for an open group of participants. After meeting for the first time and developing their workshops over the summer, they have organized three workshops that they will be leading next week. More details below—

July 18, 19, 20

Proximities is a series of artist-led workshops organized by Mira Dayal and Josephine Hestonto explore intimacy, an underlying theme of the current exhibition  CarlJackieSteveMichelle. The workshops consider a loose definition of intimacy— not only in terms of relationships, but also in terms of community, receptivity, collaboration, generosity, and empathy. Six artists—Sarah Anderson, Lizzy De Vita, Katie Giritlian, Camilo Godoy, Amanda Turner Pohan, and Jayeon Yi— were invited to develop workshops in pairs, where no two collaborators were previously acquainted. The three resulting workshops aim to foster open discussions, productive disagreements, and heightened connections, while also allowing for new bonds between artists and their communities.

All are encouraged to join the artists for their workshops, described below:

Tuesday, July 18th, 7PM
Camilo Godoy and Amanda Turner Pohan will guide a slow meditation on hands, focusing on their communicative function and sensory capabilities. Taking into consideration the histories of gesture in visual culture, and the ways in which our bodies are choreographed in society, this workshop gently invites you to explore your own hands and the hands of others.

Wednesday, July 19th, 7PM
When is the pursuit of intimacy replaced by an image of intimacy? Katie Giritlian and Jayeon Yiwill unpack how the narrativization of a relationship by its participants, though intended to accelerate the development of intimacy, may in fact inhibit intimacy. Through role playing and collective production, this workshop will navigate how and when forms of power take over intimacy (consciously and unconsciously), both in shifting personal relationships and in larger structures that produce widely circulated “images of intimacy,” such as the entertainment industry, commercial stock photography, and the documentary.

Thursday, July 20th, 7PM
Sculptors Sarah Anderson and Lizzy De Vita will lead participants through an exploration of quantum entanglement, touching on science fiction, philosophy, and physics. The workshop will use quantum entanglement to reexamine and problematize narcissism—which has been applied with a wide and sloppy brush to our cultural and political present—as a framework for producing subject relations. Where the intimate imaginary intersects with a more fluid reality, workshop participants will briefly engage with their capacity to be sites of radical inter-dependency.

Seating is limited; please RSVP to with your name and the date of the workshop you would like to attend.