Kara Clarke - NYE / declaration 2015 with Lisa Hartouni

Opening Wednesday, December 31, 2014 @ 11:30pm - 12:30am

NYE / declaration draws its inspiration from a seldom discussed collective initiative, the Millennium Declaration, adopted on September 8th 2000, by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Upon visiting the Wikipedia page dedicated to this historic address, searchers will find a break down of core principles and links to related documents. Little, to no indication of the progress made within the context of the declaration is presented.

Featuring both texts and photographs by Lisa Hartouni. NYE / declaration 2015 marks the first installment of an ongoing project positioned to consider the aesthetic of wants and needs (both recognized and un-documented) within a political context. This ongoing project includes insight from independent researchers, various artistic practices, and writers garnered together in order to question the foundations of objectivity and progress often associated with documentation.


Lisa Hartouni is a community member and an organizer. She makes photographs that document the people and initiatives in Long Beach, and within Los Angeles. Hartouni has worked as a photo journalist for over 25 years and has been published in local and national media.

Kara Clarke in is an artist and a writer. A millennial living and working in Chicago, Clarke's current practice includes a variety of media and approaches to art historical critique. In this work, the Millennium Declaration serves as a frame for project work considering the interaction of documentation, subjectivity and access.

Photo by Basil D Soufi, United Nations General Assembly Hall in the UN Headquarters, New York, NY.