Last year at @gallery38 I was fortunate and blessed enough to co-curate an exhibition with @lucasraynaud titled “EXCEPTED” to bring attention to the atrocities that are happening across our world and challenge the meaning of acceptance.
In using the word Excepted, the intent is to demonstrate exclusion while verbally sounding like acceptance. The exhibit featured interactive installations that highlighted the use of religion, politics and changing narratives to strip human beings of rights as well as aide. The artist’s attempt is not to attack people with different views than himself but rather to challenge the audience and really hold up a magnifying glass to their beliefs to see if they still hold up.
The exhibit contained flags over light boxes, large screen prints and woodwork installations to pose different questions. Terms such as “All Lives Matter” are used to counter activists and silence their fight, so the artist challenges the term to see if the people that use those statements really believe it. We are in a time in which many of the religions and groups that are based on love and compassion are now the leaders in the fight to oppress.
The artist challenges that and left the audience with the options to either fight for those in need or stop pretending that they cared. I was more than honored to be apart of bringing this message to life. “The confluence of events led to split-screen coverage of Monday's embassy unveiling, with U.S. guests led by President Trump's daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, smiling and celebrating inside the embassy as, along the Gaza border, black smoke billowed from burning tires and gunshots rang out in what an IDF spokesperson called a day of "unprecedented violence." One day later, the first Palestinian funerals have been held and Gaza's medical facilities are stretched to their limit, having coped with 2,771 injuries. Of that number, 1,359 wounds were from live bullets, the Gaza Health Ministry said.” - @npr
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