October 25, 5 – 9 pm, Screening Event at Big Screen Project, 6th Ave between 29th and 30th
November 2, 12-10 pm, Screening Event at White Box
November 2, 7 pm, Roundtable Discussion at White Box
November 3, 11-7 pm, Screening Event at White Box

SanctionedArray is an online database of video art conceived in response to the exclusion of artists from OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) sanctioned countries from participating in YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video. Artists who are citizens or residents of Belarus, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Myanmar/Burma, and Zimbabwe are not eligible to submit their work. We maintain that the application of OFAC sanctions to the video biennial perpetuates the conditions that led to the imposition of these sanctions.

One hundred finalists will be selected from the 781 entries by a jury comprised of international art professionals for the SanctionedArray online database. An interactive screening of the selected entries will be held on November 2nd and 3rd at White Box. The roundtable discussion, on November 2nd, will include Wafaa Bilal, artist, Hamid Dabashi, author and professor, Columbia University, Shayana Kadidal, attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights, and Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga, artist.

Evolving from SanctionedArray is CuratorsArray, an ongoing series of video exhibitions and screenings by independent curators drawing from the SanctionedArray database. The first iteration of CuratorsArray is Others2Specify, a playlist of 52 videos curated by SpecifyOthers from the first call for submissions. It will premiere at Big Screen Project on October 25th, then screened again at White Box on November 2nd and 3rd, and posted online afterwards. The premiere will coincide with the Play biennial at the Guggenheim, to challenge the status quo by providing a platform for artists excluded due to their country of origin. At SanctionedArray, we look forward to having everyone play.

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Conceived and organized by Specify Others in collaboration with White Box, and co-presented by ArteEast.