Us + Them = U.S. // January 13 - March 4, 2017
Curated by Deirdre Darden and Philippa PB Hughes
Artists: Kate DeCiccio, Michael Fischerkeller, Otessa Ghadar, Claudia Aziza Maegawa, Carolina Mayorga, Tsedaye Mekonnen, Stan Squirewell, Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Tia Thompson, Workingman Collective, and Helen Zughaib.
Our country is divided ideologically, economically, and racially. These divisions continue to widen over the years and the 2016 election season exposed and deepened the demarcation lines. The election results will certainly not erase those lines. As anger continues to boil over, the problems don’t go away. So what’s next? How do we move forward, and attempt to find common ground in our divided nation? This exhibition aims to bring many voices together, to ask these important questions of our community and push the conversation forward towards a more universal voice.
Deirdre Darden, emerging curator. Darden began her curatorial practice in 2014 exhibiting the youngest members of Black Artists of DC at DCAC. Since she's exhibited some of DC's best rising artists centered around themes like race, societal pressures, and art's power. Notable shows include Black Lives / White Light, Pressure Points and Lest We Forget. As her practice continues Darden collaborates with great DC mentors.
Philippa Hughes created the Pink Line Project to inspire creative thinking in everyone, to build community and connectivity, and to open portals to art and culture for the culturally curious. Her vision for DC: to change the way people view DC, both residents and visitors. She publishes a weekly subscriber-based email that highlights the best of DC’s creative scene. It’s about cool people doing cool things. Philippa established a reputation for creating inventive and collaborative environments in which people who would not normally have the opportunity to interact with each other gather to experience art and culture in alternative and stimulating ways. She has been a leader in the creative and temporary use of vacant, urban space throughout the city.
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