We will definitely be here for the opening reception this Sat!
Helina Metaferia (@helina.metaferia )
Refiguring the Canon, Solo Exhibition 8/11-9/15 @hamiltoniangallerydc
Opening Reception this Sat. 8/11, 7- 9pm
Artist Talk: Tue. 8/28 @ 7PM
1353 U St NW, ST NW DC 20009
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
In "Refiguring the Canon," artist Helina Metaferia creates a hybrid environment where performance art and collage are used to interrogate racism, sexism, and notions of western exceptionalism within art historical narratives and institutional spaces. Metaferia displays documentation from performances at the National Gallery of Art and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, in which she asserts her body using simple gestures in contrast to historic artworks, challenging their conceptual meaning. In other works, Metaferia uses found magazines, including Art News, Art Forum, and Art in America, published in the 1980's (the decade of her birth). Combining the images of artwork featured in the magazines with photographic stills from her recent performances, Metaferia creates an avatar persona who reclaims a space in art history for under-recognized and marginalized women and artists of color. Playing with the 1980's trending re-interest in "primitivism," Metaferia uses her Ethiopian-American female body as a way to reclaim that gaze and decolonize the appropriation of black culture. Revisiting Hannah Höch's "From An Ethnographic Museum" series from a black woman's perspective, and addressing the Guerrilla Girls' timeless questioning of "greatness" in art history, Metaferia examines how these dated issues remain relevant today.” #art #currentexhibition #performanceart #contemporaryart #collage #soloexhibition #videoart #arthistory #acreativedc #hamiltoniangallery #dc @massmoca