T H E P O L I T I C S O F S E E I N G
BETWEEN me and the other world there is ever an unasked question: unasked by some through feelings of delicacy; by others through the difficulty of rightly framing it. All, nevertheless, flutter round it. They approach me in a half-hesitant sort of way, eye me curiously or compassionately, and then, instead of saying directly, How does it feel to be a problem? they say, I know an excellent colored man in my town; or, I fought at Mechanicsville; or, Do not these Southern outrages make your blood boil? At these I smile, or am interested, or reduce the boiling to a simmer, as the occasion may require. To the real question, How does it feel to be a problem? I answer seldom a word.
—W.E.B. Du Bois
—W.E.B. Du Bois
The Politics of Seeing is a group exhibition comprised of the works of 5 graduating artists, David Alekhuogie, Alexandra Bowman, Rashayla Marie Brown, Hannah Rodriguez, Cameron Welch who have developed a poignant awareness of visual language through personal investigation and experience. Posing critical questions, demanding immediate answers, through aggressive and passive modes of making, the show focuses on observation as a political gesture and its function both outside and within the context of contemporary art. How might the act of seeing become political? These artists come together via different platforms including race, gender, and class, which have inherited political meanings and implications. Using several strategies including performance, video, photography, printmaking, and painting, this exhibition aims to articulate such awareness, and such consciousness that often drives anger, frustration, and at times, celebration.