Embodied: Asserting Self
March - December 2017
In 2016, Lisa DeGrace, the executive director of Blue Sky Gallery, noticed that many of our scheduled exhibiting artists were using photography to engage these questions of self, belonging, and the body from standpoints outside of dominant standpoints outside of dominant cultural narratives. We created Embodied: Asserting Self exhibition series to have the opportunity to explore these questions more fully.
The camera is a powerful tool that, in certain hands, can magnify power dynamics and ultimately deny subjects the agency to control their own representations and identity. However, the artists featured in Embodied assert ownership of experiences that have either been ignored or misrepresented in dominant culture. To further shift perspectives and perceptions, these artists are also bending strict definitions of photography, incorporating performance, drawing, painting, collage, and direct manipulation of the image to reinterpret traditional portraiture. In short, each artist is using photography to embody the reality they wish to see.
In addition Blue Sky published an exhibition companion reader in conjunction with the embodied series. This exhibition companion reader is for sale at the gallery.
A Word of Thanks from Lisa DeGrace, Executive Director
Introduction by Zemie Barr, Exhibitions Manager
Interview with Ima Mfon by Dr. Derrais Carter
Essays by Zemie Barr, Ashley Stull Meyers, and Jennifer Rabin
The Embodied exhibition series was made possible by a visionary gift from Arlene Schnizer and Jordan Schnitzer. Other contributors include Agnes Gund, (w)here Real Estate, Kit Gillem and Deborah Horrell, Lane Powell PC, the Oregon Community Foundation, and the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.