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Traveling exhibition for an ongoing photographic project between two Colombian artists who share a love for cities + language.

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Description du project, en français:

Since 2008 we, Klaus Fruchtnis and Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo, have been working on Cross Urban, in which we pick a word a week and produce one or several images in response. We now have over 100 pairs, taken in over 15 cities around the world, and are ready to produce Itinerant Cross Urban, a traveling exhibition (with accompanying public programs) and a book of the first 100 pairs.

We've now joined forces with Estefanía Sokoloff, an art curator in Bogotá, Jimena Peña, an art curator in Madrid, and Jimena Jara, a PR and communications expert in Paris, to launch Itinerant Cross Urban. Our multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team is engaged with innovative ways of producing projects inside the art market. We are an inclusive group and welcome your input and participation. We are open to new ideas and collaborations with other artists, and hope to explore all of these ideas through Itinerant Cross Urban.

WHAT WE WANT TO DO

Exhibition
In partnership with Colombian consulates, embassies, and educational partners, we are organizing a six-city traveling exhibition. The cities are Paris (Klaus has lived and worked in Paris for over 12 years. This city has continually protagonized his work and research about space and the urban landscape); New York (Cynthia has lived and worked in New York City since 1999. This residence has motivated her interest, through photography and video, on urban space, and gives her the perfect laboratory to explore her interest in urban times - from the chaos of Times Square to the peacefulness in parks. Many of her Cross Urban photos are taken in Manhattan y Brooklyn, capturing details from urban everyday life which complement the collective imaginary of NYC); London (A city in which the artists have experienced a bit in the past, but mainly inspires our work because of its urban and social spaces); Madrid (Considered the gateway for Latin Americans in Europe. We're interested in the familiarity as well as cultural contrasts from our roots and native tongue. It's also the residence of one our curators,  Jimena Peña); Tokyo (Klaus lived and worked in this city for two years. This was enough time to become soaked in the urban chaos and effervescence that a city such as this one can give an artist. Many of Klaus' photographs were taken in Japan, a mix between tradition and futurism); and Bogotá (Hometown of the artists and two curators. This city will exhibit the roaming this project will have during 12 months. Estefanía Sokoloff, one of our curators, and who's been following the project since it started, lives and works in Bogotá.)

Public Programs
In addition to artists, we are both also educators with extensive teaching experiences in New York, Bogotá, Tokyo, Paris, Moscow and Dominican Republic. With each exhibition, we will plan at least one participatory workshop with local artists, in which we will engage them in our project's methodology. We will also run free urban photography workshops with local students.

Catalogs
In each city we will publish a catalog containing the works curated by Estefanía and Jimena for that city. The publication will have the words in english and the local city's language, as well as a reference of the cities in which they were photographed.

Book
We have a 2009 book prototype which we self-published, and we hope to publish a new book at the end of our project. This Cross Urban book would catalog the first 100 words (200 images in total), the words in english, and the cities in which they were photographed. We see this as the first book of an ongoing project, which continues even as this campaign is running. We hope to, throughout the year of this project, find editorial and corporate partners with whom we'll be able to create this publication.

HOW WE PLAN TO DO IT

We are a team of Colombians, based in four different cities (New York, Paris, Madrid, and Bogotá), so, naturally, Skype and Google Docs have become our best friends. We are launching the project in Paris with the support of the Colombian Consulate and Embassy as well as of Parsons The New School for Design and are building our connections in other consulates, embassies, and cultural institutions in the other cities.

WHAT THE MONEY IS FOR

In order of priority, the money will be used to

  • Print the catalogs
  • Print the double-sided art postcards
  • Print the photographs for the exhibitions
  • Pay for shipping costs from one city to the next

REWARDS

(images below show some of the rewards available. Please send us a message if you need us to clarify any of them!)

Postcard: Weird (4x6in / 10x15cm)

Postcard: Spatchcock (4x6in / 10x15cm)

Triptych: Titanic - archival print: 6x19 in. / 15x48 cm


One of Klaus' Cartographical Minds (11x15.5in. / 28x40cm.)

Cynthia's outsideIn #6 (Tokyo) OR outsideIn #12 (Rio de Janeiro) (19x7in / 48x18cm)

FAQ

  • Yes, but we have a workaround. You will need to pledge the total amount of the items you want to combine, pick one of them as your reward, and send us a message indicating what the other items were. We will make an internal note in the system, and if successfully funded send you all of the items once they're ready for shipping!

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    A thank you email from either of the artists + great karma points for supporting artists + access to behind-the-scenes updates.

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    A postcard mailed from either NY or Paris with a personal handwritten thank you. Imagine receiving anything other than spam and bills in your mail!

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    Your name in the acknowledgments on the website + postcard mailed from either NY or Paris with a personal handwritten thank you. (Imagine receiving anything other than spam and bills in your mail!)

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    Postcard-size (4x6in / 10x15cm) double-sided photo of either "Weird" or "Spatchcock" + your name in the acknowledgments on the website.

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    A pre-ordered catalogue of the 2011 Itinerant Cross Urban: Paris. It will be full-color, 23 tryptics, with an introduction by Estefanía Sokoloff + Jimena Peña + your name in the acknowledgments on the website. (Please add $10 for shipping outside of the United States).

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    You will pick the word for us to focus on next. There are 52 of this reward available so that our project will continue, for one year, based on the words you, our backers, select. This word must be on http://m-w.com and should not already have been included in our project. + your name in the acknowledgments on the website.

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    A signed (dedicated to which ever name you submit) pre-ordered catalogue of the 2011 Itinerant Cross Urban: Paris (or of the city of your choice.) It will be full-color, 23 tryptics, with an introduction by Estefanía Sokoloff + Jimena Peña + your name in the acknowledgments on the website and the catalogue. (Please add $10 for shipping outside of the United States).

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    An original artwork from the Cross Urban project - an archival 6x19in. / 15x48cm. color print of the "Titanic" tryptich + your name in the acknowledgments on the website and in the catalogue. (There are maximum 250 copies of each triptych at this size, so if there are more backers, we'll designate a second word from which you can choose.)

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    NEW: Part 2 of our book prototype. A signed (dedicated to which ever name you submit) copy of a new limited edition run 2012 Cross Urban prototype book. The book will be hardcover, full-color, 10x8inches, 114 pages long with triptychs 51-100, all words used, the cities in which we photographed, and a curatorial essay + your name in the acknowledgments on the website.

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    A signed (dedicated to which ever name you submit) copy of the first 2009 Cross Urban prototype book. The book is hardcover, full-color, 10x8inches, 114 pages long with our first 55 photos, all words used, the cities in which we photographed, and an essay by Estefanía Sokoloff + your name in the acknowledgments on the website.

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    A color print from Klaus' "Cartographical minds" digital drawings (11x15.5in. / 28x40cm.) OR from Cynthia's "outsideIn" series (19x7in / 48x18cm) + your name in the acknowledgments on the website.

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    Klaus or Cynthia will run a 2-hour photography workshop via Skype or in their resident city (Paris and New York City, respectively) + your name in the acknowledgments on the website.

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    Both books (self-published in 2009 and the new one in 2012), which combined have the first 100 triptychs. Both will be signed and dedicated to the name or your choice.

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    The Itinerant Cross Urban postcard collection which includes postcard-size prints of 12 words (24 photographs total, two words selected for each city) in an artistic package + your name in the acknowledgments on the website.

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    The Itinerant Cross Urban catalog collection which includes the 6 catalogs (one for each of our cities) in an artistic package + your name in the acknowledgments on the website.

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    The 2011 Cross Urban Paris Catalogue (or from a city of your choice) + A printed triptych (two photographs, one word) of your choice, each 8x12in. / 20x30cm. Each of our triptychs at this size are in an edition of 25 + your name in the acknowledgments on the website and in this catalogue.

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    The 2011 Cross Urban Paris Catalogue (or from a city of your choice) + A printed triptych (two photographs, one word) of your choice, on 12x17in. / 30x43cm. (each.) Our photographs at this size are in editions of 10 + your name in the acknowledgments on the website and in this catalogue.

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    A signed (dedicated to which ever name you submit) pre-ordered copy of the 2009 book OR 2011 Cross Urban Paris Catalogue AND a printed triptych of the word of your choice, at our largest 35 x 23in. / 90x60cm. printed on aluminum. Our photographs at this size are in editions of 3 + your name in the acknowledgments on the website and in the 2011 Paris catalogue.

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