Past Underground Gallery Exhibits

Water Warriors

An intimate look at a Canadian Indigenous community daring to challenge a powerful adversary, Water Warriors is a documentary exhibition by award winning photojournalists Andrew Stern and Michael Premo.

Water Warriors is a transmedia photography and film-based installation chronicling the heroic efforts of one community’s resistance against the lucrative oil and natural gas boom sweeping North America. In 2013, when a Texas energy company began searching for natural gas in rural New Brunswick, Canada, a group of unlikely warriors united to drive out the company in an ongoing campaign to protect their land and water.

What Is Seeing?

The Raft by the Seeing With Photography CollectiveThe Seeing with Photography Collective is a group of photographers based in New York City who are visually impaired, sighted and blind.

They follow a unique process to create their work:

Sighted assistants focus and compose the camera’s frame, directed by the blind artist. Then, in a darkened room, they leave the camera’s shutter open and slowly paint their sitter with a small flashlight. Luminous distortions and blurred or glowing forms result from the technique, not digital altering.

The nature of the artists' visual limitations can provoke any viewer or perceiver of these portraits: Is less, more? What is seeing? What does one choose to see?

The Seeing with Photography Collective's work has been exhibited worldwide and can be seen in the book Shooting Blind, published by Aperture.

Don't miss their afternoon Be The Media! workshop and evening in-person presentation with the Daniel Kelly Trio at the gallery opening on Saturday, May 9.

"Dear Climate" Art Opening, A Conversation with Marina Zurkow and Oliver Kellhammer

Join Dear Climate artists Marina Zurkow and Oliver Kellhammer in conversation about climate change. Learn strategies to "Befriend Climate Change," from international environmental crises to hyper-local challenges such as brownfields, decaying urban neighborhoods, and toxic blight right here in North Troy and the Capital Region!



Ecological Interventions Art Opening/ NATURE Lab Opening!

"Guerrilla Grafting," Oliver Kellhammer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ballengée, Skate, Hudson River Valley project   Kellhammer, Crowngraft, Guerilla Grafting

"Ecological Interventions” features two internationally renowned environmental artists who care deeply about out ecology and our future, Brandon Ballengée (US) and Oliver Kellhammer (Canada). Their projects explore how we as citizens of the world can change our environmental impact.

Female Vets Speak

Artist Reception: Thursday, Oct. 17, 5:00-6:30pm

In 2012-2013, women from Guardian House, a transitional living home for Female Veterans in Ballston Spa, attended photography and writing workshops that documented their lives after serving in the military. Some of the women were active duty and others were not; however, similarities in their experiences were powerful and created lasting friendships.

As one participant reflected, “Why did it take this class to talk about our experiences as women in the military? It seems that being in the military is a natural topic for men to talk  openly about, but not for women!”


"Planting Seeds: Four Lenses on North Troy"

On one city block -- home to the Sanctuary, Collard City Growers, Missing Link Street Ministry and Troy Bike Rescue -- communities are combining resources to address the environmental, social and public health challenges of the residents of North Troy.  This exhibition will feature local photojournalists Patrick Dodson, Brian Jones, Brenda Ann Kenneally, and Ellie Markovitch.

Brian Jones is a recent graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He graduated 2011 with a degree in Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication.  The Sanctuary for Independent Media has shown him how art can tell a story.  More information on an exhibit at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that Jones took part in can be found here.

 

Kids, Farm, Photography

The Spring '13 Underground Gallery exhibit at the Sanctuary is a partnership of Agricultural Stewardship Association, Soul Fire Farm and Capital District Community Garden.

MORE ABOUT THE PARTNERS

Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) is a non-profit, community-supported land trust founded by local farmers and citizens to strengthen the region’s vitally important agricultural economy and save farmland in Washington and Rensselaer counties from development. Since 1990, when it started as an all-volunteer organization, ASA has grown into a nationally respected, professionally staffed land trust that has helped to save nearly 15,000 acres of farm and forestland. ASA is accredited by the Land Trust Alliance — a distinction awarded only to groups that adhere to the highest professional land trust standards and practices.

Agricultural Stewardship Association mission is to protect our community’s working landscape of farms and forests, connect people to the land, and promote a vibrant future for agriculture in the region.

Facing Change: Documenting America

Facing Change logoJust as the Farm Security Administration sent photographers to cover the Great Depression, a collective called Facing Change: Documenting America has enlisted artists—including two Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers—to record America’s current struggles.  An exhibition of their work opened on Friday, March 2, 2012 and ran through Saturday, June 16, 2012 in the Underground Gallery at The Sanctuary for Independent Media.  

You can read about Facing Change: Documenting America in this Washington Post article.

"New York, NY: May 2, 2011" by Alan ChinThe exhibit was open to the public free of charge from 11 AM-1 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, as well as an hour before, during and an hour after events at The Sanctuary for Independent Media and by special arrangement. 

Planting Seeds: Four Lenses on North Troy

On one city block -- home to the Sanctuary, Collard City Growers, Missing Link Street Ministry and Troy Bike Rescue -- communities are combining resources to address the environmental, social and public health challenges of the residents of North Troy.  This exhibtion will feature local photojournalists Patrick Dodson, Brian Jones, Brenda Ann Kenneally, and Ellie Markovitch.

Brian Jones is a recent graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He graduated 2011 with a degree in Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication.  The Sanctuary for Independent Media has shown him how art can tell a story.  More information on an exhibit at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that Jones took part in can be found here.

 

Connecting with the Land

Connecting with the Land is a photography exhibit that lets us experience local farms through the eyes of youth. The photos were taken during photography classes at farms in Rensselaer and Washington counties. The Farm Photography for Kids is a program by the Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) a community-supported land trust dedicated to protecting our local farmland from encroaching development. 

The exhibit also features work by Produce Project urban farm youth from Troy High School. Students documented the 8th street farm in Troy and Soul Fire Farm in Grafton. Produce Project is a program by Capital District Community Garden.

MORE ABOUT THE PARTNERS

The Spring '13 Underground Gallery exhibit is a partnership of Agricultural Stewardship Association, Soul Fire Farm, Capital District Community Garden and KitchenSanctuary.