The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to announce the launch of “The ILSSA Ballot for Twenty Twenty” a participatory mail art project created by artists Bridget Elmer and Emily Larned in concurrence with the Twenty Twenty exhibition currently on view at the Museum. A limited edition of 100 ballots are available on a rolling basis. There is no cost to participate and registration is now open at www.thealdrich.org.
“The ILSSA Ballot for Twenty Twenty” encourages participants to reclaim language, parse dichotomies, and give voice to perspectives unrepresented in the current rhetoric surrounding the 2020 United States presidential election.
With registration, participants will be mailed a custom-designed letterpress ballot directly from the artists soon after Election Day, November 3, 2020. Upon receipt of the ballot, participants are encouraged to fill in their responses and return the ballot by mail to The Aldrich, where it will be displayed for the duration of the Twenty Twenty exhibition.
ILSSA stands for Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts, a union for reflective creative practice established in 2008 as a collaboration between artists Bridget Elmer and Emily Larned. ILSSA has a long-standing practice of publishing participatory, contemplative tools and resources which often take the form of call and response.
A virtual public conversation discussing the project with artists Elmer and Larned, Exhibitions Director Richard Klein, and Director of Education Namulen Bayarsaihan, will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 6:30 pm, the day after the presidential inauguration.
Twenty Twenty, an exhibition of works on paper, presents the work of seven artists who primarily utilize photographic imagery rolled out sequentially over five months. The exhibition was conceived of in 2019 to document and respond to the 2020 election season and was originally scheduled to open in June 2020. 2020 has been a historic year and the work being created by the artists now reflects their lived experience through a landmark election year, a global pandemic, and a national reckoning with systemic racial injustice. To learn more about the exhibition and related programming please visit www.thealdrich.org.