Ashley Doggett “Inferiority Complex”

Monya Rowe Gallery

poster for Ashley Doggett “Inferiority Complex”
[Image: Ashley Doggett "Hair Saloon" (2019) acrylic and sumi ink on linen, 34 x 28 in.]

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Monya Rowe Gallery presents the first New York solo exhibition by Ashley Doggett titled Inferiority Complex.

In the theory of cross assimilation, the works in Inferiority Complex serve as a means to begin a conversation on identity politics surrounding the Black woman’s hair. Cultural assimilation in lieu of white beauty doctrine has long been a part of the Black woman’s identity due to the implications of chattel slavery and post-racial America. The Black hair industry is sought out as a means to further non-Black beauty standards by marketing a false sense of femininity and identity in a means to control the psyche of the Black woman and remove her from any notion of finding her original heritage as well as detract her from finding self-acceptance in her physical appearance. The instillation of dishonesty, false narratives, and self- hate find their roots in a forced notion of being one’s self through the lens of the Black woman, who has historically been the victim of a long-standing inferiority complex due to racial rhetoric.

- Ashley Doggett, 2019

Ashley Doggett (b. 1995, Nashville, TN) received a BFA from Watkins College of Art, Design and Film, Nashville, TN. Recent group exhibitions include Zevitas Marcus, Los Angeles, CA; David Lusk Gallery, Nashville, TN; and Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN. Her work was recently the subject of a solo exhibition at Steven Zevitas, Boston, MA. This is her first solo exhibition in New York. Doggett lives and works in Nashville, TN.



from April 04, 2019 to May 11, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-04-04 from 18:00 to 20:00


Ashley Doggett

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