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Kolaj Fest New Orleans is a multi-day festival & symposium about contemporary collage and its role in art, culture, and society, July 8-12, 2020.

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Kolaj Fest will return to New Orleans on July 8-12, 2020 for a coming together of collage artists and art professionals; a multi-day festival and symposium about contemporary collage and its role in art, culture, and society; where the focus is how we celebrate and elevate the status of collage. Presenters will lead panel discussions and explore key curatorial issues. Artists will exhibit artwork, and create special activities and demonstrations. We will meet, network, share community, camaraderie, and fellowship. We will leave armed with new ideas for our artmaking, writing, and curatorial projects, but more importantly, we will leave Kolaj Fest New Orleans prepared to champion this artform in the year to come.


What is Kolaj Fest New Orleans?

Kolaj Fest New Orleans is a multi-day festival and symposium about contemporary collage and its role in art, culture, and society. Our mission is to create a platform that allows us to explore critical issues around collage (how it is curated and presented, its role in contemporary art, and the tensions between collage as a medium, a genre, and a phenomenon). Our goal is to create an event that attracts a variety of people working in various capacities, such as art professionals at museums, galleries, and centers as well as academics, writers, and artists. The general public will be welcome to join us for gallery visits, evening presentations, and collage making.

Why Kolaj Fest?

For over 100 years, we have been advancing, exploring, and disrupting visual art through collage. It is about time to give the medium its due. It's time to come together as a community.

Kolaj Fest is a
decentralized event happening all over
New Orleans,
July 8-12, 2020.


NEWS ABOUT KOLAJ FEST NEW ORLEANS

COLLAGE NEWS

Winners announced for the 2019 Doug & Laurie Kanyer Art Collection Purchase Award at Kolaj Fest New Orleans

Doug and Laurie Kanyer, in their desire to support artists and advance a deeper understanding of collage, are building a collection of collage art. Prior to the 2019 edition of Kolaj Fest New Orleans, the couple worked with Kolaj Magazine to promote a call for submissions from those artists attending the event in 2018 or 2019. The Kanyers have made their selections. DETAILS


Publications

EXHIBITION CATALOG

Revolutionary Paths

When the collage is presented in exhibition, it is often done so without the critical framework granted other mediums. In "Revolutionary Paths: Critical Issues in Collage", exhibition curator Ric Kasini Kadour presents examples of collage that represent various aspects and takes on the medium. Each work in the exhibition represents the potential for deeper inquiry and further curatorial exploration of the medium. MORE

EXHIBITION CATALOG

Cultural Decontructions

Collage is unique as a medium in that it uses as its material artifacts from the world itself. To harvest those fragments, the artist must first deconstruct culture; they must select, cut, and remove the elements they do not wish to use and then reconstruct work that tells a new story. In "Cultural Deconstructions: Critical Issues in Collage", exhibition curator Ric Kasini Kadour presents examples of collage artists who are deconstructing identity as a way to critique culture. MORE


Event Overview

Organizers are working to produce a program of panels, workshops, exhibitions, and activities. What follows is an overview of activities. More to come!

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Daily Collage Congress

At each Daily Collage Congress, we will review the day’s agenda. Speakers will share ideas about the state of collage. And we will hear updates about special projects taking place during the festival.


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Symposium

The program at Kolaj Fest will be a unique experience. We have multiple goals and are serving multiple audiences: We aim to breakdown hierarchy and foster dialogue among art professionals working in a variety of capacities. We aim to build bridges between the collage community and the larger art world; between the art world and the general public. Our hope is that participants will have fun, network, play, and socialize while engaging in deep, real talk about issues that are important to them. We aim that people will leave Kolaj Fest New Orleans connected to a community, armed with ideas for their art, the presentation of collage, their writing and curatorial work, or simply a deeper appreciation and understanding of collage and the people who make it. SEE 2019 PROGRAM


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Collage Making Space

Collage making will take place 11AM to 5PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Kolaj Fest New Orleans. In addition to free time to make collage, the space will host artists leading demonstrations and workshops. The space has scissors, X-acto knives, glue, and a collection of papers and materials. SEE 2019 PROGRAM


PRE-KOLAJ FEST WORKSHOP

Get Your ART Together

Each year countless organizations produce career and business workshops for artists that cover everything from money management to website building to marketing strategy. The problem is that making a life as an artist is an idiosyncratic, non-linear journey where success can be ill-defined, elusive, and ever changing. In this pre-Kolaj Fest New Orleans session, we offer a different approach to this subject. During this four hour workshop, artists will come together as a group of professionals to exchange stories and strategies. The workshop is structured to address three key parts of an artist’s life: voice, practice, and career. MORE


ONGOING AT KOLAJ FEST

Special Activities
& Projects

In addition to a robust program of presentations, a number of special activities will take place at Kolaj Fest New Orleans. These include Great Collage Swap; Collage Tanzkarte; Made at Kolaj Fest; Collage in Animation; & Artist Projects. SEE 2019 PROGRAM


Assemblage by Marcy Lally
at LeMieux Galleries. MORE

COLLAGE ON VIEW

Collage in
The Crescent City

Like any vibrant, contemporary art scene, New Orleans is full of remarkable galleries showing collage. For 2019, we are planning dynamic exhibitions and gallery tours. So far, we have announced these exhibitions. More to come!

Here is our list of places we visited for the 2018 of Kolaj Fest New Orleans.

Kolaj Fest New Orleans 2019 possible through
a generous gift from Laurie and Doug Kanyer.


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Reviews of Kolaj Fest New Orleans

Eye Magazine
Collage Champions by Steven McCarthy
READ THE ARTICLE

The Gambit
Review: 'Revolutionary Paths' collage expo at Antenna is pure poetry by D. Eric Bookhardt
READ THE REVIEW

Jon Foster, Mail Art
Kolaj Fest New Orleans
READ IT HERE

Kevin Sampsell
Kolaj Fest Was Hot!
READ IT HERE

One Word Long
Kolaj Fest 2018: Curatorial Issues in Collage
READ IT HERE

The Seaside Fleet (New Orleans)
READ THE POST

“a mental list of dangerous things”
The Jealous Curator, Danielle Krysa & Charles Wilkin on the podcast: Art in Your Ears No. 144
LISTEN


About Kolaj Magazine

Kolaj Magazine is a quarterly, printed magazine about contemporary collage. We are interested in how collage is made, how collage is exhibited, and how collage is collected. We are interested in the role collage plays in contemporary visual culture. Kolaj is a full colour, internationally-oriented art magazine. Kolaj is published in Montreal, Quebec by Maison Kasini. Visit Kolaj Magazine online.

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