Radical Reimaginings

August 22, 2020 – December 31, 2020

Radical Reimaginings exhibition catalog

Featuring the work of 40 artist and an essay by Ric Kasini Kadour

Order printed catalogs HERE

Thursday, September 24, 2020 6pm – 8pm

Women in Collage Round Table

Register at: 516arts.org/eventregistration

VIRTUAL RECEPTION: Saturday, August 22, 6-8pm (MST)
Link to recorded talk coming soon.

ARTIST TALK: Saturday, August 15, 2pm
Latin American Collage with Enrqiue “Kike” Congrains

Link to recorded talk coming soon.



Daniela Ilabaca, Matria, 2020, analog collage, 30.3 x 48 inches

516 ARTS, in partnership with Kolaj Institute, invited selected artists from New Mexico and around the world to reflect on our shifting world using collage, a medium that has been historically used by artists to directly engage with the visual narratives of their time and to reimagine the stories that have been told. Affordable and democratic in its means, collage has a history of contributing to activism and inspiring new ideas. In this spirit of celebrating the radical qualities of combining images, artists who use collage in their artistic practices were selected from near and far. As consciousness is rapidly changing on both a personal and collective level, the exhibition offers a space for reflection through acts of examining, re-organizing, and manipulating imagery.

“To reimagine something is to destroy and rebuild. The nature of the act is radical in its implications…. To not seize this moment and begin the work of reimagination is give into ruination, to cede hope. If reimagination experts were such a thing, you would find them among collage artists.”

Ric Kasini Kadour, from To Imagine Is To Hope, exhibition catalog essay.

Forty artists from nine countries and several Indigenous nations offer a variety of perspectives, including artists from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, as well as Salish-Kootenai/Métis-Cree/Sho-Ban, Oglala/Lakota, Tlingit/Nisgaá, and Seneca Nation. Radical Reimaginings is cocurated by Suzanne Sbarge of 516 ARTS and Ric Kasini Kadour, publisher of Kolaj Magazine. The exhibition is presented as part of our Museum from Home initiative during the pandemic and as a featured exhibition of Kolaj LIVE Online. It is accompanied by a catalog in print, which includes each artist’s work and an essay about the exhibition. At the virtual opening artists in the exhibition will speak about what they are trying to reimagine with their work.

Featured Artists:

Neal Ambrose-Smith (Salish-Kootenai, Métis-Cree, Sho-Ban), Arthur Amiotte (Oglala/Lakota), Tya Alisa Anthony, Roberto Appicciafoco, Kim Arthun, Elena Baca, Allan Bealy, Jay Berrones, Carolina Chocron, Guillaume Chiron, Zach Collins, Enrique “Kike” Congrains, Cynthia Cook, Karsten Creightney, Kelly Eckel, José Ignacio Fernández, Antonio Frappa, Mila Gonzáles, Thomas Christopher Haag, Danila Ilabaca, Lory Ivey Alexander, Susanna Lakner, Mágica Estudio, Larry McNeil (Tlingit/Nisgaá), MK, Jennifer Nehrbass, Carlos Quintos Kemm, Laurie O’Brien, Sherry Parker, Michael Pajón, Beto Prieto, Luanne Redeye (Seneca Nation), Holly Roberts, Alyce Santoro, Sara Serna, Rosie Schinners, Lorna Simpson, Brooke Steiger, Casandra Tola, Paula Wilson