She Stares Back
María María Acha-Kutscher, Laura Callaghan, Sara Cwynar, Mira Dancy, Iiu Susraja, Lalla Essaydi, Shelley Newman Stevens
Does the artist/designer's ability to shape the worldview of future generations come with responsibility? If so, what does that responsibility entail? The artists in this exhibition use paint, photography, illustration, and public platforms to explore the pervasive tension between power, representation, and experience. Through the mere act of speaking up, these artists disrupt the politics of visibility by creating work that empowers those whose existence is largely overlooked.
Dr. Stefanie Snider lectures about the work of Iiu Susiraja. She later publishes an essay, "Staring Back, Deadpan: Ugliness and Abjection in Iiu Susiraja’s Self-Portraits". Give a read here.