September 8 – December 10, 2022
TILT Institute for the Contemporary image, in collaboration with The Photographer’s Green Book, presents a new group exhibition titled, If We Never Get Better. Curated by Sydney Ellison, Editor-in-Chief of The Photographer’s Green Book, the artwork invites the viewer to consider: What if we never get better? What if illness, pain, isolation, loss, etc. are not the worst case scenario? What if these circumstances aren’t pitied, ignored, or wished away, but instead are seen as a place for the study and cultivation of new skills that allow us to relate to others in a different way?
Featuring the work of Anique Jordan, Ari Golub, Clifford Prince King, Debmalya Ray Choudhuri, Frances Bukovsky, Jaklin Romine, Jenica Heintzelman, Shala Miller, and Shanna Merola, the exhibition examines these questions by bringing together lens-based artists who focus on health/care, collective grief, disability, illness, and healing as components of their practices. Examining health and disability as intersectional experiences, and the ways in which ableism and access to healthcare are directly intertwined with systems such as racism, sexism, and homophobia, these artists help to expand the preconceived notions of these topics. Highlighting principles of Disability Justice, a framework coined by a collective of Black, brown, queer, and trans activists, including Patty Berne, Mia Mingus, and Stacey Milbern, the works come together to facilitate a more nuanced understanding of how we are all impacted by these systems at different levels and how art can be used to challenge that reality.
If We Never Get Better corresponds with the production of The Photographer’s Green Book Vol. 2. The second iteration of this publication brings together images, interviews, and essays by a variety of contemporary artists and scholars whose work and lives are aligned with these topics to create a resource that exists as a teaching tool, a point for individual reflection, and an archive.