At Arts + Literature Laboratory / September 2019
A show about how language shapes our identities and the world that we live in. The artists in this show have works in a variety of media, all exploring a central theme of use and demonstration of language in shaping society..
This is a show about how language shapes our identities and the world that we live in, featuring a variety of media and the work of six artists: Julie Chen, Nina Ghanbarzadeh, Helen Lee, Tuesday Smillie, Chelsea Thompto, and Matthew Owen Wead.
Language and discourse serve to construct and manipulate concepts of power in society. Institutions and individuals alike use language to strengthen their ideological interests, preserve authority over others, and lead the change in social practices, relationships, and values.
The six invited artists for this show represent a breadth of mediums: artist's books, site-specific installations, video art, and both 2D and 3D work. The central theme is each artist's use and demonstration of language in shaping society.
Note: The individual responsible for photographing this exhibit has thus far failed to provide images. Because the curator believes in the importance of documentation as a way of combatting erasure especially on a show about Language and Power, these photos are courtesy the artists and also curator Jenie Gao, and provide a digital record of this show's existence.