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.
Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?
In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.