Organized by Giancarlo Montes Santangelo

Our next project, sowing worlds within the incompossible, begins on Saturday, January 21 with a Welcome Reception from 7–9 pm. An exercise in worldbuilding, the project emulates a queer community space consisting of an exhibition and a series of programs. The exhibition includes artwork by Amarise Carreras, Nelson Morales, and Shan Wallace, who play with the tension between the everyday and the fantastical. Alongside their artwork, the installation functions as a place to come inside and read, look, gather, dream, learn, and heal.

Throughout February and March, queer practitioners will share their knowledge about plant medicine, somatic healing, community organizing, fabulation and play, and the history of queer community-building during a series of free events and workshops.

sowing worlds within the incompossible is organized by photographer Giancarlo Montes Santangelo and considers the central question: how do queer people imagine and sustain life? The project borrows Tavia Nyong’o’s term of the “incompossible” to describe something that both can and cannot be, something between what we have and what we need, and something to investigate worlds outside of our present order. 

These themes are central to artist-organizer Giancarlo Montes Santangelo’s work as a visual artist and researcher. In his own practice, he builds worlds with photographic archives and investigates the various ways that colonial histories are indexed in these images and how they settle into the present. Queering these images and considering the ways in which we navigate their afterlives is crucial to his practice. For this project, he invites other artists and practitioners to join in and consider the historical and present ways that queer people imagine and build the incompossible.

About the Artist-Organizer

Giancarlo Montes Santangelo, native of the DC Metropolitan area, graduated from SUNY Purchase in 2018 with a BFA in photography. In 2019, Giancarlo exhibited his photographs alongside Paul Mpagi Sepuya as part of the Whitney Biennial. In 2020, he published his first monograph, Improvising Sight Lines with Monolith Editions – a book that weaves together images and writing and is held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MoMA. Giancarlo was recently awarded the Aperture x Google Creator Labs Photo Fund and completed residencies with Tangent Projects and TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image. He is currently an Image Equity Fellow with Google.

About our Program Model

We designed our artist-driven program model because we recognize that artists are increasingly collaborating across boundaries and borders to build community and shape discourse. We are interested in facilitating these collaborations through artist-driven inquiry. Our program model provides artists with the opportunity to expand their practices and experiment without absorbing financial burdens or capacity barriers. We provide resources to create critical connections and long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships that build artistic communities around knowledge-sharing. 


WPA is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Hickok Cole; National Endowment for the Arts; William S. Paley Foundation; Greater Washington Community Foundation; Goethe-Institut; Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation (EHTF); Eaton Workshop; Terra Foundation for American Art; The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation; JBG SMITH; Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Squire Patton Boggs; Brookfield Properties; DAVIS Construction; and many other generous foundations, corporations, and individuals.


January 21–March 11, 2023

Gallery hours are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1–6 pm


2124 8th St NW