Jami Porter Lara discusses the promise of exposure and the importance of knowing your value

Jami Porter Lara is a contemporary artist whose interests range from sculpture to drawing to social practice.

In this witty and intimate talk, Jami discusses the question so many creatives are confronted with, “Will you do this for free?” Her talk expands beyond the visual arts into all creative fields. She lays out the practice of offering exposure in lieu of compensation in all of its absurdity, and shares her strategy of how she responds to these requests.

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Jami Porter Lara is a contemporary artist whose interests range from sculpture to drawing to social practice. She is best known for her hand-built ceramic vessels that combine the ancient techniques of pueblo pottery with the contemporary iconography of the plastic bottle. Her work is widely collected and has been featured in the PBS arts series Colores! and in American Art Collector Magazine. Recent exhibitions include the Albuquerque Museum of Art and Art History, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Center for Land Use Interpretation. She is represented by Central Features Contemporary Art in Albuquerque and by Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts in San Francisco.

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By undervaluing our own work, we participate in impoverishing not only ourselves, but also the greater community of artists by making it unsustainable for those who can't afford to work for free. — Jami Porter Lara

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