Forays, Frontiers & Flags

Book launch, reading and conversation with Joseph Cochran II
December 8, 2023

Printed Matter Chelsea
231 11th Avenue

Join Uncensored New York and Printed Matter for the launch of Joseph Cochran’s latest work, Forays, Frontiers & Flags at Printed Matter Chelsea. Featuring readings from Samantha Sutcliffe of Uncensored New York, Ripley Soprano of Dirty Magazine, and S!LENCE.

A glimpse into the development of Chochran’s practice over the last twelve years, Forays, Frontiers & Flags weaves personal images with snapshots from the artist’s photographic research, taking the viewer on a global journey through contemporary society. From the United States to China, Africa to Europe, Cochran’s work allows the viewer to position themselves in spaces and geographies the artist has found himself in during states of change. China’s resurgence to superpower status, Hong Kong’s fight for freedom, the migration crisis in the Mediterranean, the chilling effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, and more are shown through direct and indirect imagery. Meanwhile, accompanying interviews, archival documents and texts catalog the history of our time.

Ripley Soprano is the publisher of Dirty Magazine.

Nicole Alexander is a poet based between Los Angeles and New York City. She earned her B.A. in English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University in 2020. Nicole is currently working on her first collection of poems.

Samantha Sutcliffe co-founded Uncensored New York, an art movement dedicated to preserving transgression through distribution, free education, and public programming.

Joseph Cochran II (b. 1990, New York City) is a lens-based artist whose work spans photography, video, and archival research. He explores the complex interplay between advanced industrial societies, their systems, and their societal impact. Inspired by his formative temporal experiences, Cochran is driven to delve into contemporary societies’ processes and practices and examine our conscious and subconscious engagement in today’s globalized economic structures.