Unvanishing Traces curated by Sanjit Dhillon and Vince Rozario

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October 26 – December 1st, 2018

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Opening Reception: Friday, October 26, 7-10 pm

Featuring: Mikayla de Bruyn, Megan Feheley, Ashley Freeby, Aaron Moore, Maanii Oakes and Ayo Tsalithaba

Image:
Ashley M. Freeby
Remnant no.1 (detail)
May 2018
8’ x 20’
Plastic drop cloth

Unvanishing Traces is a group exhibition that grapples with the paradox of remembering the dead, particularly marginalized bodies, when existing cultural forms threaten to betray their memory. The missing and the murdered individuals who populate our headlines each day bear poignant witness to contemporary media practices of spectacularizing tragedy. In death their bodies are trivialised, sentimentalised, mystified, embellished and instrumentalized. For communities left behind, collective memory and consciousness are continually contested by socio-political narratives predicting which bodies do and do not matter. This exhibition seeks to inhabit the conflicted space between traces of the departed that refuse to vanish, and the representative regime which flattens, serializes, or otherwise erases precarious bodies.