About the Artist Relief Print Sale
In response to lost income within our freelance and artist community during stay-at-home orders, BKC & Seeing Collective launched Relief Markt in March of 2020, at the dawn of lockdowns. Relief Markt is an artist benefit print sale featuring the works of over 100 artists from across the world.
For photographers this has been and difficult time, with work scarce and social distancing measures interrupting shoots and events. Freelancers have also been reporting difficulty accessing unemployment benefits, and overall funds are getting tight. We started Relief Markt to help artists pay some bills, but more than that, we want to celebrate the deep pool of creative folks who we have been fortunate to meet in the 8 years we've been teaching classes, exhibiting student work, and hosting events at BKC.
Since our early and continuing collaboration with Gowanus Darkroom and over 100 student shows, we're true believers in physical media. The Print is special. It's more than just some gorgeous colors on a luxurious heavyweight Baryta Rag (although that is nice!). Unlike digital pixels on your phone, a print is a bond, a Real Thing, and one of the few we can treasure by framing and displaying and sharing with others.
Please consider buying a print (or a few) to bring goodwill and sustaining help to artists trying to meet the challenges of working in the pandemic.
Your order could help someone afford groceries this week, or pay their mobile bill, or support a charity in a time of need. More than anything else, you can help spread a bit of positive energy in the creative community.
"BKC and Seeing Collective have provided us with more than just a platform to sell our prints - they've given us the space to showcase our work, ample encouragement and support through marketing and publicity, an opportunity to connect with other artists, and, most importantly, hope. This is the first time I've sold my photographs, and I'm very thankful to this community for giving me a boost when I really felt like everything had come to a screeching halt"
- Nona Catusanu, filmmaker and artist
"All of the photography made available by The Artist Relief Print Sale is a reminder to what is truly important: to be present, to be aware of the communities and people around us, and to consider what others are going through. In a time of great stress and uncertainty, this project brings much needed support, connection, and gratitude to the artists and charities in our neighborhoods. We'll get through this together.”
- Caroline LeFevre, photographer and artist
"Since day one, Seeing Collective and BKC have been there for us. Building community has been their main goal, both together make the strongest brick in this foundation, and the Artist Relief Print Sale is the best testimony of their effort and work. I'm really grateful to be part of this.”
- Mateo Ruiz, Antics Publications
"Not only does the work of BKC & Seeing Collective's Artist Relief Sale help with my finances as a freelance photographer during this global pandemic, it gives me future hope in my craft- to see my photographs part of such a philanthropic and powerful group."
- Joey Solomon, photographer and artist
"Working with BKC is always such a pleasure. They're here for the community and that hasn't changed since day 1. They were the first online community I saw to step up and make a print sale to help artists and others in need through donations. As artists, we need community leaders and BKC is definitely one."
- Jai Lennard, photographer and artist