Abandoned Margins + Beyond the Binary

“Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body”

January 22 – February 25, 2016
Juror: Janice Bond

Nakeya Brown lee bullitt Ifeatuanya Chiejina hammond2 Mengly Hernandez LaToya Hobbs

candace hunter Nature's Intent tye johnson NIC Kay sayhername-topless-liberation4-by-april-martin2 McGrigg_Alexis

Rosemary Meza-DesPlas Marcia Michael emily mulenga Jasmine Murrell Kim Noguiera Harmonia

Melissa Sutherland Sarahbethwoods shoshanna weinberger

REPRESENTED ARTISTS || Nakeya Brown, Lee Bullitt, Ifeatuanya Chiejina, Sharla Hammond, Mengly Hernandez, LaToya Hobbs, Candace Hunter, Nature’s Intent, Tye Johnson, Nic Kay, April Martin, Alexis McGrigg, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Marcia Michael, Emily Mulenga, Jasmine Murrell, Kim Nogueira, Harmony Rosales, Melissa Sutherland, Shoshanna Weinberger, Sarah Beth Woods

“He grabbed me, twisted my arm on my back and shoved me in the grass and starting pulling the back of my braids. I was telling him to get off me because my back was hurting bad,” said 15 year old Dajerria Becton of her attempted arrest at a pool party.

“I will light you up! Get out! Now!” said the officer as he drew a stun gun and pointed it at 28 year old Sandra Bland after she refused to leave her car following the receipt of her ticket.

Representations of black women in US popular culture and public discourse frequently depict them stereotypically as overweight and asexual, or hypersexualized and in need of less protection but more policing for moral failures. The black female body then becomes an object in the faces of power, brutality, and fetishism– detached from the name and genuine identity it belongs to.

“Abandoned Margins” seeks to both lay bare this inequitable and sectarian lens, as well as create an empowering visual language that challenges the supremacist systems under which black female bodies are marginalized and lack agency.

#AbandonedMargins

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“Beyond The Binary”

January 22 – February 25, 2016
Curator: Janice Bond

It’s imperative for us as women, particularly women of color to take the lead in documenting each other across mediums and platforms. Each story, curve, laugh line, every coil and scar, is a part of both the anatomical and socioeconomic landscape we navigate daily whether we are aware of it or not. The same ties that in many instances have pulled us apart, bound us, kept us silent, can also strengthen us. Beyond the Binary is an intergenerational and intercultural sisterhood, a new form of cultural mapping built on the trust, liberation, and love of women around the world. From comrades to the coven. We loving. We living. We being.

#BeyondTheBinary