“The Endless Editions Biennial” Exhibition

EFA Project Space

poster for “The Endless Editions Biennial” Exhibition

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Featuring a piece by Gabriel Garza

ARTISTS / Marcela Pardo Ariza, Shelly Bahl, Sarula Bao, Mitsuko Brooks, Angela Conant, Sage Dawson, Ricki Dwyer, Sarah Farahat, Divya Gadangi, Sair Goetz, Nicki Green, Iris Grimm, Maya Gulassa, Katie Hargrave, Andrew Kodama, Fermín Jiménez Landa, Cara Levine, Andy Li, Joseph Liatela, Mark McCloughan, Be Oakley, Aparna Sarkar, Rachel Cardenas Stallings, Jia Sung, Kaitlin Trataris, Lindsay Tunkl, Raphael Villet, and Lulu White, and more…

CURATED BY / Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

Endless Editions & EFA Project Space present the 3rd Endless Editions Biennial, an inclusive, open-submission curatorial project on view at EFA Project Space. Using the open-submission biennial format to mitigate systemic problems of exclusivity in the arts, the Endless Editions Biennial seeks to disentangle itself from the traditional web of gallerists, collectors, and institutions and create new communities of cultural producers and avenues of access to them. This year’s biennial is curated by Oakland-based artist, curator, activist, and storyteller Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo. Each biennial year is organized around a theme, such as Endlessness, Nihilism, or 2018’s theme: Optimism.

Is optimism inherently positive? Does the term belie the complexity of what it takes to move forward? The 2018 Biennial questions the idea of optimism and examines how we engage with it as a tool for survival. Of optimism, Branfman-Verissimo says: “In a world that is hard to live in, one often questions the use of the word ‘optimism.’ On the one hand, ‘optimism’ references a possibility for hope in the future. A hope in part thanks to the incredible work that queer, trans, people of color, womxn, activists, culture makers, artists, and educators are doing right now. On the other hand, the confidence of ‘optimism,’ like when people say ‘why can’t you just be optimistic about the future?’ can make some feel uncomfortable. It feels like optimism doesn’t always hold the complexities of what it means to look towards the future or a successful outcome.”

The Endless Editions Biennial features over 100 works by artists working across media around the theme of optimism, hosted in conjunction with performances, workshops, and an in-gallery artbook store.

Saturday, December 15, 4 - 8 PM
Join us for Smell and Draw with Mariana Vidal-Escabi and a T-Shirt Launch with Jennifer Sullivan


Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo is an artist, arts educator, activist, storyteller, and curator living and working in Oakland, CA. Branfman-Verissimo’s work is informed by her commitment to craft and community, her engagement with society, and her interests in storytelling and cultural geography. Branfman-Verissimo received her BFA from California College of the Arts. She has had solo exhibitions at Deli Gallery in Long Island City, NY: Lago Projects and E.M. Wolfman in Oakland, CA: and Bolivar Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been included in exhibitions and performances at Betti Ono Gallery, Root Division, Deli Gallery, Southern Exposure, SFMOMA, Kala Art Institute, Osaka Art University, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and Highways Performance Space, among others. Branfman-Verissimo was a Yozo Hamaguchi fellow at Kala Art institute in 2015 and has been a visiting artist at the College of Design, Architecture, Art Practice at University of Cincinnati: New York University: California College of the Arts: and Mills College. She is the co-founder and lead curator at Nook Gallery. As a curator, Branfman- Verissimo has worked on exhibitions and projects at Nook Gallery, Mind Control Art Fair, CTRL+SHFT Gallery, NEW LIFE Quarterly Magazine and NIAD Art Center.


Founded in 2014, Endless Editions is a community-based curatorial and publishing project in New York City dedicated to producing limited and open edition prints and publications by underrepresented and emerging artists. Conceived as a way to relieve artists’ economic burden while providing an accessible platform for publication, Endless Editions believes that artists’ books and publications are one of the most democratic and socially responsible media available to contemporary artists.



from December 07, 2018 to December 21, 2018

Opening Reception on 2018-12-07 from 18:00 to 21:00

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