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"Her-humanity: Small Works Represent Feminist Theology"
2007-02-05 until 2007-03-31
Casa Frela Gallery
New York, NY, USA United States of America

In celebration of Women's History Month, Casa Frela Gallery director Lawrence Rodriguez with guest curator Noreen Dean Dresser as part of the Feminist Art Project is hosting an international group exhibition: Her- humanity: Transformative Agency and Advocacy. The exhibition opens on February 05 and runs through March 31, 2007. There will be an opening reception with the National Board of the Women's Caucus for Art will be 5 PM to 8PM on February 18, 2007. Her-humanity is an international exhibition of small works created through the lens of feminist theology. The artworks recognize and celebrate our common humanity. The eleven artists and the issues they present are globally diverse. Each artist was specially selected for advocating social transformation through an empathetic or relational stance towards self and other. This moment of insight allows for the common ground to emerge and that is the catalyst of change.

Her-humanity features the artwork of Pamela Cento, the Dialoguistas, Michelle Rogers, Maya Freelon, Karen Frostig, Sarina Khan Reddy, Yasue Saraoka, Gisella Sorrentino, Anoush Ter Taulian, Sol Kjok and Saimair S. Amani. Casa Frela Gallery honors these exceptional eleven artists and the values they hold.

Pamela Cento is an Italian artist working with pixilated digital photography. Her most recent work follows Anna Maria Franzoni, a women in Italy accused of killing one of her sons.

The Dialoguistas are Graciela Bustos, Fendando Calderon and Bertha Cohen. Working as a group in Detroit, Michigan, their most recent installation is: Alpha, Omega, Alpha; beginning, ending, beginning. It consists of ash from burned newsprint.

Michelle Rogers grew up in a small-industrialized town in Ireland called Dundalk bordering the British North. Confronting religion, terrorism, police action and soldiers early, Michelle Roger's work creates meditations with the mood of moral decay and darkness.

Maya Freelon is an African-American artist working in Massachusetts. Using digital photography, tissue paper and tape, Freelon challenges notions of subjectivity in her recent work, Exceeding Expectations. From artwork objectifying her sacred femininity and honorable Blackness comes the freedom of abstract thought.

Karen Frostig is an American artist working in Massachusetts. Her digital photographic installations include, Legacy of War and Autopsy. Legacy of War is a conversation about war and its aftermath. Autopsy challenges the destruction of woodlands and its relationship to global warming. Frostig's Tattoo project takes the form of a website. Tattoo seeks to change the culture of violence against women.

Sarina Khan Reddy is an Islamic-American artist working in Massachusetts. Her most recent photographic work explores the Disney "Picture Spot," its colonialist imagery, authenticity and the role of photography in tourism.

Yasue Saraoka is a Japanese artist working in Columbus, Ohio. Her folded paper installations have evolved from traditional Japanese origami shapes. Saraoka's installations help us perceive and imagine full landscapes, oceans and structures.

Gisella Sorrentino is an Italian artist working in New York. Her self- portrait photography scrutinizes and describes her identity, her relationship with the outside world, and her search for personal consciousness.

Anoush Ter Taulian is an Armenian-American artist working in New York. Her video, photography, painting and poetry document, commemorate and highlight the Armenian Freedom Struggle. Her artwork is about resisting assimilation and supporting the visibility of women of color.

Sol Kjok is a Norwegian artist working in New York. Her drawing and painting begin with staged studio performances and investigate the model - artist - viewer relationship. Her work questions gender roles and comments on the sexualized relationship between artist and subject. Sol Kjok has been a Portfolio Artist at absolutearts.com since 2002. View more of her work at: http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/s/solazul/

Saimair S. Amami is a Tunisian artist working New York. His black and white photos capture women in New York City at work and play.

Her-humanity: Transformative Agency and Advocacy is part of The Feminist Art Project. From 2006-2009, the Feminist Art Project is celebrating the Feminist Art Movement and its impact on art history. The Feminist Art Project is a national initiative recognizing the aesthetic and intellectual impact of women on the visual arts and culture. Feminist artists, curators, teachers, and writers are organizing across the nation and across generations to bring public attention to the significant and continuing impact of women and their art on all aspects of contemporary art practice, highlighting their international influence, and guaranteeing their inclusion in the cultural record, past, present, and future.

The nationwide campaign is anchored by major art events taking place in early 2007. The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum opens in March, including the permanent installation of Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party. Global Feminisms, an international exhibition of contemporary feminist art curated by Linda Nochlin and Maura Reilly, will be mounted simultaneously. Dr. Nochlin will be awarded a Distinguished Scholar by the Women's Caucus for Art, an affiliate society of the College Art Association.

The Feminist Art Project is administered at Rutgers University. For further information about programming, visit their website: feministartproject. Rutgers.edu.

Sol Kjok
Title: Swirling 15
Year Created: 2001
Medium: Other Drawing
Width: 22 inches
Depth: 1 inches
Price: US$ 1400

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