The New Social Environment#779

Every Ocean Hughes: Alive Side

Featuring Hughes and Ksenia M. Soboleva, with Jeanetta Rich


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Every Ocean Hughes joins Rail contributor Ksenia M. Soboleva for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Jeanetta Rich.

In this talk

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Every Ocean Hughes

Photo of Every Ocean Hughes
Photo by Märta Thisner
Every Ocean Hughes (f.k.a. Emily Roysdon) is a transdisciplinary artist working in performance, photography, video and text. Hughes has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions internationally and currently has two shows up in NYC: Alive Side, a solo show at the Whitney Museum and Signals: How Video Transformed the World at MoMA. She has received commissions for new work from Tate Modern, London (2012, 2017), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2014), and The Kitchen, New York (2010). Collaboration has been a central part of her practice including as editor and co-founder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective LTTR, lyric writing for several bands and costume design. She is the Sachs Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ksenia M. Soboleva

A picture of art historian Ksenia M. Soboleva.
Photo by Irina Kadyrova-Schuddeboom
Dr. Ksenia M. Soboleva is a New York based art historian specializing in queer art and culture. She holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, with a dissertation on art, AIDS, and lesbian identity in the United States. Soboleva is currently working on a book project titled Friendship as a Way of Art: Queer Identity and Visual Citation, and co-editing (with Svetlana Kitto) the first major publication on the lesbian gallery Trial Balloon. Her writings have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, BOMB Magazine, Hyperallergic, Ursula Magazine, as well as various exhibition catalogues and artist monographs. She teaches at the New School and NYU.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Jeanetta Rich reading.

Jeanetta Rich

A portrait of Jeanetta Rich
Jeanetta Rich, poet and filmmaker, holds a mirror to desperation so that you can see yourself. Her work is part social critique and screwball scripture. Hailing from Los Angeles by way of whoredom, she writes about the emotional lives of voiceless women, those who have been silenced through poverty and/or lack of education. By exposing the brain fucking women are subjected in our “waste culture” she calls for a need to switch off selfie mode and pull a community of women into focus, that otherwise would be ignored. Her work was included in Texte Zur Kunst’s 30th anniversary issue “The Feminist” and The Quarterless Review, . She is writer and director of the short film Desperate LA , and Rich’s book Black Venus Fly Trap was published in 2021 by Deluge Books.

❤️ 🌈 We'd like to thank the The Terra Foundation for American Art for making these daily conversations possible, and for their support of our growing archive.