San Diego Art Institute presents ABOUT-FACE, an exploration of representation, sexuality, gender, and heritage- showcasing seven artists who deftly and intriguingly speak to sociocultural issues. Artworks in the form of photography, sound installation, video, and social practice, spotlight the impressive artistry of Alanna Airitam, Morgan DeLuna, Michelada Think Tank, Quyên Nguyen-Le, Jimena Sarno, and dana washington.
ABOUT-FACE also features Momentum, a video created by UCSD MFA graduate Lorna Simpson, the prominent Brooklyn-based artist whose work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Venice Biennale.
Exhibiting artists Alanna Airitam and Morgan DeLuna use photography to explore cultural perceptions of beauty and identity. Multi-disciplinary artist Jimena Sarno reflects on how the dominant culture creates a worldview, using sculpture and sound to highlight the experience of protest and activism. In the short film Nước, artist Quyên Nguyen-Le’s explores the intersections of queerness, memory, and Vietnamese identity. Similarly, dana washington addresses the struggle of black and queer persons, and considers oppression, healing, and futurity. While UCSD alumnus Lorna Simpson, who came to prominence in the 1980s with her pioneering approach to conceptual photography, raises questions about the nature of representation, identity, gender, race and history.
ABOUT-FACE opens April 21st, with a reception from 6-8 p.m., and runs through June 3rd.
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