Curated by Gabriel de Guzman, Historical Amnesia exposes and grapples with the lasting effects of colonialism, exoticism, and intolerance on today’s culture. Featuring Kris Grey, Sara Jimenez, jc lenochan, Joiri Minaya, and Jade Yumang, artists sift through forms of loss, obscurity, and trauma by using the body as a conduit. These artists recover suppressed narratives, giving body to the hushed voices of those who have been relegated to the status of Other.
This exhibition is especially timely during our current political climate, as affordable health care, women’s reproductive rights, and equality for LGBT people are under threat. Black, brown, female, and LGBT bodies are becoming political battlegrounds. While these artists uncover injustices of the past, they reveal the continued need to inform and empower individual and collective memory. The exhibition will be populated by sculpture, drawings, and video, as well as installations that consider aspects of the space and the experience of the viewer. At the opening reception, artists will also activate the space, giving the exhibition themes another corporal dimension.
Historical Amnesia points to the ruptures in accepted histories and power structures. The artists open up these fissures, allowing diverse narratives to come to the surface. Using intricate processes, they portray the figure as a vehicle through which shadowy pasts are given material form. In this way, the artists serve as quasi-archaeologists, collecting and repositioning cultural residue, uncovering stories that were buried by time and neglect.
Feb 14 - March 24
Curated by Gabriel de Guzman
Saturday, February 10
6-9pm: Opening Reception
7:30: Performance by Tatlo (Sara Jimenez and Jade Yumang)
Saturday, February 24
6-9pm: The Gathering + Open Mic
Wednesday, March 7
6:30pm: Artist Talk with Kris Grey, Sara Jimenez and jc lenochan