Shifter is a topical magazine that was founded in 2004. Originally conceived as an online magazine in order to create an inter-continential "commons," Shifter now engages in a multiplicity of formats including printed magazines, public dialogues and exhibitions, thus allowing for an increased approachability for extended discourse as well as additional access to Shifter's content for diverse audiences. Shifter's co-editors, Sreshta Rit Premnath and Matthew Metzger, strive to create a platform that remains thematically relevant to contemporary issues. Likewise, by keeping the form of the magazine and its activities malleable and responsive and representing a diversity of positions and backgrounds in its contributors, Shifter aims to illuminate and broaden understanding of the intersections between contemporary artistic, political and philosophical issues.
With the help of NYFA's fiscal sponsorship we are raising funds for the production of a new issue of the magazine as well as extended programming including lectures and an exhibition in conjunction with this issue.
Matthew Metzger (1978, Texas) is a practicing visual artist and educator who lives and works in Chicago. He received his MFA from the University of Chicago in 2009. Since then he has exhibited at such institutions as The Smart Museum of Art in Chicago and the Soap Factory in Minneapolis while mounting solo exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Sikkema & Jenkins Co. in New York, Arratia Beer in Berlin, and Tony Wight Gallery in Chicago.
Sreshta Rit Premnath (1979, Bangalore) is an artist based in New York.
He completed his MFA at Bard College in 2006, and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2008. In 2011 he received the Art Matters Foundation Grant and in 2012, the Arthur Levitt Fellowship from Williams College.
Premnath's recent solo exhibitions, including Storeys End, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, 2011; Leo (procedures in search of an original index), Gallery SKE, Bangalore, 2010; Zero Knot, Art Statements, Art|41|Basel, 2010.