Cage Match Project, Round XIII: Hold. Elmina, Ghana (2012), Austin, Texas, United States(2020)
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Cage Match Project is pleased to announce Round 13: Hold by Toronto-based artist Kara Springer. Their installation began with a photo she took eight years ago in Elmina Castle in Ghana, a site in which captured individuals were held before being forced to cross the Atlantic into chattel slavery in the Americas. Springer came across the image on a hard drive in the weeks before moving to Houston, Texas last year with her one-year-old daughter. The image is suspended within a lightbox hanging from the top of the cage. A set of floating stairs face the lightbox repeating the form of the staircase featured in the photograph.
Kara Springer’s interdisciplinary practice is particularly concerned with armature—the underlying structure that holds the flesh of a body in place. She utilizes photography, sculpture, and site-specific interventions to explore precarity and brokenness in systems of structural support through engagement with architecture, urban infrastructure, and systems of institutional and political power. Springer has lived, worked, and studied in Toronto, Paris, Philadelphia, and New York, where she recently completed the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Springer is currently a fellow at the Core Program in Houston, Texas.
Cage Match Project (CMP) is a temporary, site-specific art installation series in which selected artists are invited to engage a large, industrial caged-trailer. Measured at 20 ft x 8 ft x 7 ft , the weathered and rusted container resides in the exterior lot of The Museum of Human Achievement in Austin, TX where it is under constant exposure to the elements and 24-hour public viewership. CMP is curated by Ariel René Jackson.