“UPROOT” Exhibition

Smack Mellon

poster for “UPROOT” Exhibition

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Curated by Gabriel de Guzman

Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Beverly Acha, Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio, Laura Arena, Anthea Behm, Yael Ben-Zion, Justin Blinder, Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, Michele Brody, Hector Canonge, Cori Champagne, Cecile Chong, Esperanza Cortés, Linda Cunningham, Donald Daedalus, Ana De La Cueva, Alexis Duque, Carla Edwards, Nicky Enright, Jes Fan, Borinquen Gallo, Rebecca Graves, Katya Grokhovsky, Jon Henry, Peter Hoffmeister, Las Hermanas Iglesias, Jang soon Im, Ellie Irons and Anne Percoco (Next Epoch Seed Library), Sara Jimenez, Tahir Karmali,
Shaun Leonardo, Monika Malewska,Yasmin Mistry, Guadalupe Maravilla (formally known as Irvin Morazan), Marcus Moore (the Homeless Poet), Rachelle Mozman, Christie Neptune, Quyên Nguyen-Le, Tara Pelletier & Jeff Kurosaki, Kenneth Pietrobono, Sunita Prasad, DaaPo Reo, David Rios Ferreira, Patrice Robinson, Diana Schmertz, Jessica Segall, Sayaka Suzuki, Jess X. Snow, Zhiyuan Yang, Seldon Yuan, Karolina Ziulkoski & Andrea Wolf

UPROOT presents the work of artists who are urgently engaging with the current state of affairs since the 2016 presidential election. Over the past year, artists have been motivated to use their creative practice as a vehicle for challenging the divisiveness of the present administration. This exhibition presents an array of responses to the political climate, including art objects, installations, videos, performances, and public programs that address pressing themes, such as migration and displacement, systemic racism, creative action, environmental justice, and the influential role of digital media in shaping national politics. Some artists are confronting important topics headlong, producing compelling protest art. Others are expressing their beliefs more subtly, attempting to make sense of complicated issues and uncovering suppressed narratives. If the definition of uproot is to pull up by the roots; to tear away from a native place or environment; to displace, as from a home or country, then these artists’ works reflect the desire for a shift or movement toward inclusiveness and finding some common ground.In these troubling, uncertain times, it remains important to turn to artists and creative thinkers for guidance. Their energy and ideas are more crucial than ever.


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