a solo exhibition by Gace Athena Flott, Classical Atelier Alum
May 5 — May 30, 2022
Opening reception: May 5, 2022, 6-9 pm
Exposure — a leaving open without defense — as part of an intentional performance can create the potential for healing. Each model set their own stage by curating their space and then performed for my camera or eye. As the artist-subject in the self-portraits, I, too, am willfully exposed. Those of us who rarely see ourselves celebrated in media are aware of the risks associated with such vulnerability. We do not often consent to such exposure for fear of harm. However, the subjects’ consent invites the viewer to shift from voyeur to witness or even participant. Ultimately I hope to extend dignity to my subjects by returning their agency and autonomy. Such agency does not disallow the pleasure we may take in looking. Rather, some subjects may revel in it.
In recognition of the national examination of systemic racism and injustices, Gage Academy of Art is committed to continued analysis and expansion of our own institutional practices.
Land Acknowledgment: Gage Academy of Art would like to acknowledge that we stand on the traditional ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples—specifically the Duwamish People, past and present—and honor, with gratitude, the land itself, the Duwamish Tribe, and their ancient heritage. Without them, we would not have access to this gathering, dialogue and learning space. We ask that we take this opportunity to thank the original caretakers of this land, who are still here.
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