Curated by Blair Murphy
November 17 – December 10, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, November 17, 7pm-9pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, December 3, 5pm
In performances documented in videos and photographs, Ebtisam Abdulaziz grapples with the concept of freedom, exploring the ways that notions of personal liberation are shaped by our social roles–including gender, race, religion, and national identity. Her work draws on her own experience moving through the world–as a woman in the United Arab Emirates and, more recently, as a Muslim woman and person of color in the contemporary United States. Utilizing the body and drawing influences from utopian and modernist aesthetics, Abdulaziz creates poetic visual tableaus that symbolize the restrictions of social norms and imagine possibilities for liberation.
November 18 – December 31, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 18, 6-8pm
Smack Mellon, 92 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Curated by Gabriel de Guzman
UPROOT presents the work of artists who are urgently engaging with the current state of affairs since the 2016 presidential election. Over the past year, artists have been motivated to use their creative practice as a vehicle for challenging the divisiveness of the present administration. This exhibition presents an array of responses to the political climate, including art objects, installations, videos, performances, and public programs that address pressing themes, such as migration and displacement, systemic racism, creative action, environmental justice, and the influential role of digital media in shaping national politics. Some artists are confronting important topics headlong, producing compelling protest art. Others are expressing their beliefs more subtly, attempting to make sense of complicated issues and uncovering suppressed narratives. If the definition of uproot is to pull up by the roots; to tear away from a native place or environment; to displace, as from a home or country, then these artists’ works reflect the desire for a shift or movement toward inclusiveness and finding some common ground.In these troubling, uncertain times, it remains important to turn to artists and creative thinkers for guidance. Their energy and ideas are more crucial than ever.
Excited to announce my participation in an exhibition on the temporal nature of spaces, structures, and our environment with some artists I deeply admire at the Cara Gallery in NYC from June 23 to July 30.