|Samera Paz, Untitled, 2017|
Curated by Martina Dodd
Lisa Hill, Tsedaye Makonnen, Samera Paz, Iman Person,
and members of àjé collective
May 20 - June 24, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 20, 6:00-8:00PM
PROGRAMMING AND PERFORMANCES:
A Performance by Tsedaye Makonnen:
Thursday, May 25, 6:30-7:30PM
A Performance by àjé collective:
Saturday, June 3, 8:00-9:00PM
Transformer presents Bloodlines, a group exhibition curated by Martina Dodd. Seeking to challenge the societal norms and restraints imposed on the female form, Bloodlines explores the external and internal pressures and pleasures of the body.
Drawing from their own personal and collective experiences, artists Lisa Hill, Tsedaye Makonnen, Samera Paz, Iman Person and members of the àjé collective examine the corporeal connectivity of their ancestral histories through works on paper, sculpture and performance. Works featured in Bloodlines tow the line between fascination and repulsion, directly addressing the stigmas associated with a woman's menstrual cycle, while subtly exploring the effects of time on the physical and social body by shifting the meaning and interpretation of selfhood.
Martina expands; "Through abstract renderings, Paz and Person both use their own menstrual blood as a medium, placing the viewer at the will of the material, while Hill's fragile yet imposing installation also commands attention as she references the invisible inheritance passed down from mother to offspring by reproducing the shedding, scarring and regeneration of skin on handmade paper. Through the exhibition's performance programming Makonnen highlights the intense physicality of birth while the àjé collective's performance explores the narrative ecologies of 'moonblood'."
Martina Dodd is a DC-based art historian and curator. Her concept driven shows have touched on topics relating to race, gender and power dynamics. She is intrigued by the ways in which value is placed on art and seeks to examine the social impact material culture has on society.
EXHIBITION HOURS: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6pm and by appointment.
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