November 3 - December 2, 2017
Curated by Sofia Bastidas and Guillermo Leon Gomez (Port to Port)
The Pollock Gallery partnered with The Power Station to screen the 2010 documentary essay The Forgotten Space by Allan Sekula and Noel Burch, an examination of global shipping and its consequences. The film was shown at Saturday, Nov. 4.
Since the late 19th century, Dallas has envisioned itself as a center for economic trade. The Port of Dallas, a planned, but never realized, inland port with a network stretching from Dallas to Houston via the Trinity River, was conceived as a way to bring Dallas to the forefront as a trading hub. Such a port has been an ongoing topic of conversation for the past 125 years. The Port of Dallas vision led to a massive engineering and dredging project that ultimately rerouted the Trinity River around Dallas’ city center, but it completely overlooked any harmful effects on communities or ecosystems along the new route. With the project’s eventual failure from a lack of political and economic support came the scarring of a landscape.
WIDE OPEN explores the historic precedents of global trade and infrastructure established in the past centuries that have formed today’s political, economic and geological landscape in Dallas.
The exhibition consists of a multimedia installation of contemporary artists’ works in conversation with historical documents from SMU DeGolyer Library archives about the Port of Dallas project of the late 1800s and early 1900s, which in the planning left a transformed and diverted Trinity River.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with essays by Heather Davis, Peter Fend and Laray Polk, and a foreword by the curators.
Participating Artists: Marcos Agudelo, Ursula Biemann, More&More Unlimited (an Illogistics Company™ - with Marina Zurkow, Sarah Rothberg and Surya Mattu), Rebecca Moss, Armin Mühsam, Liam Young and Tamir Zadok.
Images: Guillermo Leon Gomez