Exhibitions & Programs

The Strange Fire Collective regularly curates exhibitions, public programs, and publications, both online and in the physical world.


EXHIBITION  | In this body of mine

October 25–December 7, 2019 | MIAD | Milwaukee

Reception: Friday, October 25, 4:30-5:30pm
Keynote Lecture: Friday, October 25, 6pm


Strange Fire is pleased to announce In this body of mine, an exhibition at the Frederick Layton Gallery at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) featuring 14 artists from the Strange Fire archive. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Society for Photographic Education’s Midwest Chapter Conference. As part of MIAD’s Creativity Series, the founding members of Strange Fire will give a keynote lecture on Friday, October 25, focusing on the core issues addressed through the work of the collective. They will also engage directly with students through class and studio visits as part of a short residency on the MIAD campus.

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LECTURE: INSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS / QUESTIONING INSTITUTIONS

October 25 , 2019 |  Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD)  |  Milwaukee, WI

This presentation by Strange Fire Collective, titled Institutional Questions / Questioning Institutions will focus on broad concerns that mirror the collective's mission to challenge power, institutions, and access. Pulling from Strange Fire's archive of 200+ interviews, the collective will address three topics through an intersectional lens: Policing Bodies, Political Action, and Access to Power. Each topic will be addressed through the work and words of artists, curators, and writers who engage these questions from unique and diverse perspectives. Ultimately, this will also prove an exercise on how the Strange Fire platform can serve as an educational resource to address complex topics in the classroom with an intersectional approach.

This presentation is both part of MIAD’s Creative Series—which brings distinctive and internationally renowned creatives to Milwaukee to engage the community in new ways of thinking about, and appreciating, the arts—and is a keynote presentation at the Society of Photographic Education’s Midwest Chapter Conference.


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EXHIBITION  | Strange Fire Collective: Rafael Soldi, Zora J. Murff, Jess T. Dugan  

October 25-December7, 2019 | Perspectives Gallery | Milwaukee
Curated by Hamidah Glasgow

Running concurrently with In this body of mine, this exhibition will present works by three of the founding members of Strange Fire Collective, curated by Hamidah Glasgow, also a founding member. This exhibition is presented on the anniversary of Strange Fire’s 4th anniversary and 200th weekly interview.

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EXHIBITION  | Signal Boost: Lorenzo Triburgo, Zora J. Murff, Juan C. Giraldo  

March 2-25, 2018 | NAPOLEON | Philadelphia
Curated by Jordan Rockford & Rafael Soldi

For Signal Boost, curators Jordan Rockford and Rafael Soldi have selected three photographers to amplify from the Strange Fire roster, whose work speaks to the Society for Photographic Education's 2018 National Conference theme, Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood. Artists Lorenzo Triburgo, Zora J Murff, and Juan C. Giraldo explore questions of migration, identity, borders, and how we occupy space as fellow citizens in this country. 

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SFC Publication: Signal Boost

28 pages  / 6" x 9" / 2018
Featuring work by Lorenzo Triburgo, Zora J Murff, and
Juan C. Giraldo

Exhibition catalog for Signal Boost, an exhibition curated by Jordan Rockford and Rafael Soldi from Strange Fire Collective archive, at NAPOLEON Gallery in Philadelphia. Please consider buying a catalog for yourself, for a library, or for a community or arts center. As always, we are committed to making our projects accessible, affordable, and socially relevant.  

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EVENT—CALL AND RESPONSE: ART AS RESISTANCE

January 20, 2018 | 6:30PM

Photographic Center Northwest
900 12th Avenue, Seattle WA 98122

Join us for a public slideshow and spoken word night curated by Strange Fire Collective, to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the inauguration of the current administration. Call and Response: Art as Resistancefeatures over 100 photographs by artists from 17 countries, in response to the current social and political climate in the United States. This event will spotlight women, people of color, and queer and trans artists.

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Exhibition: Call and Response: Art as resistance

March 31, 2017 | Syntax Physic Opera | Denver, CO

Curated from our first open call for work, Call and Response: Art as Resistance features artists making work in response to the current social and political climate in the United States. This exhibition is hosted in collaboration with the Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado Photographic Arts Center and Month of Photography Denver. 

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Opening the Gates: A Panel Discussion

September 25 , 2016 |  Filter Photo Festival  |  Chicago, IL

On Sunday, September 25, 2016, Strange Fire presented a panel discussion at the Filter Photo Festival,  exploring the art world's long and troubled history in regards to diversity, representation, and access within museums, galleries, non-profit institutions, and the media.  Moderated by Jess T. Dugan, featuring Kelli Connell, Ervin A. Johnson, La Keisha Leek, David Rosenberg, and Sasha Wolf.

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SFC Publication: AgencY

24 pages  / 6" x 9" / 2016
Featuring work by Caleb Cole, Zackary Drucker, Ervin A. Johnson, Laurence Rasti, and Krista Wortendyke

Exhibition catalog for Agency, an exhibition curated by Strange Fire Collective at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO. Please consider buying a catalog for yourself, for a library, or for a community or arts center. As always, we are committed to making our projects accessible, affordable, and socially relevant.  

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Exhibiton: Agency

January 23 - March 5, 2016     |     Center for Fine Art Photography     |     Fort Collins, Colorado

Featuring work by Caleb Cole, Zackary Drucker, Ervin A. Johnson,
Laurence Rasti, and Krista Wortendyke

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