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Group show "Discursive Selves"

  • Westbeth Gallery 55 Bethune Street New York, NY, 10014 United States (map)

Opening Reception July 21, 6-8pm

On view July 21 - August 11, 2017 Wednesday-Sunday 12pm-7pm

Westbeth Gallery 55 Bethune Street New York, 10014

Artists: Farah Al Qasimi, Aneta Bartos, Nicolas Bloise, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Nona Faustine, Rindon Johnson, Tommy Kha, Pixy Liao, Matthew Morrocco, Bryson Rand, Paul Mpagi Sepuya. Curated by Eric Lawton & Daphne Takahashi.

Housed at Westbeth Gallery, Discursive Selves explores the contested meaning of the Self Portrait. This collection of contemporary photography and film by eleven artists reveals nuanced definitions of selfhood that acknowledge the socializing influence of one’s surrounding environment. As a means of intersubjective expression, these artists use the camera to cement their visibility on their own terms.

Self-portraiture plays an essential role in the development and establishment of one’s identity— it informs and is informed, creates and is created, is both concrete and ephemeral. For some, it manifests as an artifact, a material body, or a form of testimony; for others, it is a projection, a speculation, or a performance. Private life and public exposure blur as the portrayal of a Self differs from fictitious characters and imagined scenarios to biological self-studies or familial ties.

Discursive Selves dissects the myriad practices of formulating oneself, as both an intimate ritual and a method of responding to one's outer world. These artists approach the medium of photography as a dialogic exchange between the self and the other. In what has now emerged as a rapidly expanding Global Information Society, Discursive Selves illustrates a significant pause and moment of contemplation in contemporary life.

This exhibition was made possible through the support of Art + Commerce