Feminist Connect exhibit with Charles Adam Studio Project
5&J Gallery ● 1106 5th Street ● Lubbock TX, 79401
March 4-31, 2022
Curators: Sally Brown: West Virginia University; Leslie C. Sotomayor, Texas Tech University
Artists-Curators Virtual Discussion in collaboration with Texas Tech University Women's & Gender Studies and West Virginia University: March 4, 12pm CT Zoom, Register here
Gallery Reception: March 4, 6pm, 5&J Gallery
Olga Alexander, Rachelle Beaudoin, Marie Bergstedt, Sally Brown, Amy Chaiklin, Nayda Cuevas, Laurence de Valmy, Ghislaine ("Ghi") Fremaux, Katie Hovencamp, Michael Hubbard, Carol Radsprecher, Leslie C. Sotomayor, Erin Stafford, Tricia Townes.
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Curatorial Statement for Charles Lubbock Studio: download here.
For the Feminist Connect online art exhibit we received over 200 responses from artists across various disciplines reflecting on the possibilities for the arts and feminist inquiry. We offer this virtual art exhibit featuring the work of 39 selected artists, as a gift during this time of pandemic, with a desire to contribute to making meaning through creativity. As curators we have a significant role to play in what is published, represented and how artists are brought together through the exhibiting process. For this physical art exhibition abbreviated iteration we will showcase 11 artists' and the curators' works.
For this exhibition, we viewed all of the art pieces, looked at the artists websites, and closely read the artist statements about the submitted works and their correlation to our Feminist Connect theme. We sought out artworks that firmly substantiated a feminist connection of lived experiences, feminist lineage and larger social issues. In doing such, our role as curators is not passive but rather active as we are in conversation, through the art, with individual stories by the artists, but also curating a collective visual language that centers on co-creating knowledge with care. In this vein, curating is education, research, scholarship and a feminist pedagogical approach that is described as 'taking care of power' (Horne et al, 2016, p. 124). Bell hooks explains this power through art as a rarity, "where acts of transcendence can take place and have a wide-ranging transformative impact" (1995, p. 8). Nayda Cuevas's series, #FierceLatinas engages conversations of power by challenging the representations seen in mainstream media and showcasing powerful Latinas.
Proudly, we have included work by emerging, mid and mature creative contributors, curating art works with care and critical reflection, ethical considerations to the issues that the artists works address through personal and collective narrative. Significant themes presented themselves, despite being an open call for submissions; menstruation, the body, grief, love, identity, and invisibility. They reflect action and meaning-making through artmaking.