Self Portrait in Shower Cap, Nakeya Brown


Practice of Looking , Khadija Wilson


Pearls & Peril, Danielle Smith


Childhood Memories, Adrienne Gaither


Public Displays of Privacy
DCAC's Curatorial Initiative

Curated by Martina Dodd
Mentor curator, Thomas Drymon

Nakeya Brown, Adrienne Gaither, Danielle Smith and Khadijah Wilson

September 9 - October 16

Opening Reception: Friday, September 9, 7-9 pm
Performance + Second Viewing: Thursday, September 29, 6:30-8:30 pm
Artist Talk and Closing Reception: Sunday, October 16, 5 pm

DC Arts Center presents Public Displays of Privacy, an exhibition featuring four local women artists who explore the complexities of identity, memory and subjectivity in relation to Black Womanhood. 

Performance + second veiwing on September 29 at 6:30 pm: Special performance of Communal Restriction by Khajidah Wilson and Lionel Frazier White.  Bond together by a mask constructed by Wilson, the two struggle for independence as they visually transform from collective unit to individual entities, forcing their viewers to reexamine the narratives of self and community.

With a particular focus on hair, the body acts as a site of agency for Nakeya Brown, as her photographs draw attention to the ways beauty standards can reflect politics, cultural memories and racial identities.  Khadijah Wilson’s installation physically binds her subjects together using deconstructed material and applies pressure to their communal existence, causing them to literally tug at their freedom. Their strained necks mimic the double burden of race and gender experienced by Black women, while their limited mobility hints at a loss of individual agency.  

Using images of family members as her source of inspiration, Adrienne Gaither investigates the social constructs and constraints of familial ties by “merging traditional techniques of painting and digital manipulation.”   Danielle Smith’s soft brush strokes portray intimate moments of joy, pain and vulnerability as she distinguishes between reality and perception. This group exhibition blurs the lines set in place to demarcate what is kept private and what is for public consumption and examines how personal and collective experiences shape our existence. 

 

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Main Gallery

September 9 - October 16
DCAC's Curatorial Initiative
PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF PRIVACY
Nakeya Brown, Adrienne Gaither, Danielle Smith & Khadijah Wilson, curated by Martina Dodd & mentor curator Thomas Drymon

October 21 - December 4
SPARKPLUG
DCAC's Artist Collective

POWER (I KNOW IT WHEN...)
Michael Booker, David Ibata, Megan Maher, DeLesslin George-Warren, Jerome Skiscim, Casey Snyder, Brendan Smith, Jerry Truong, Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin, curated by Lea-Ann Bigelow

 

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September 16 - December 11
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