Emergency Readings
International Center of Photography, New York
May 21 - June 20, 2018

It would be wrong to say we're reading because of the current state of emergency. The underrepresented and underserved know this less as a state then it just is and always has been. We read to check one's state. To point out flaws. To exaggerate them publicly. We care not if they listen because we read to claim space. Real and otherwise — heterotopias.

Our books are in flux, algorithmic, out-of-print, on loan, PDF only, spiral bound, damaged by the printer, and printed poorly. We barely exist. But exist we do, together with books pulled from the ICP Library because a book, a read collaborates with or rallies against.


Christopher Clary

ICP Library and Museum Public Programming

Allison Parrish
American Artist
Christopher Clary
Morehshin Allahyari
Nora Khan
Paul Soulellis
Porpentine Charity Hearstscape
Shiv Kotecha
Vanessa Place
William E. Jones


Thankful to be an Eyebeam fellow, NEW INC member, awarded by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, commissioned by Rhizome, funded by Meta Open Arts, exhibited at Les Rencontres d’Arles, sold at Art Book in China, collected by MoMA, reviewed in Art in America, and bested by Hyperallergic.