Kristen Lyle opens Playground Stories

Kristen Lyle presents Playground Stories as part of reflect / project exhibition.
Kristen Lyle, excerpt from Playground Stories, 2018; digital video, time: 5:49;
Courtesy of the artist

Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) is pleased to present the October reflect / project exhibition from St. Louis artist Kristen Lyle and their short films. Playground Stories and Outside the Sandbox.

“Gendered thinking and unconscious bias affects everyone, but particularly trans and gender non-conforming people, for whom thoughts about gender are a daily constant. My videos externalize thoughts about gender identity, presentation, and perception as discussed by trans, cis, queer, and straight folks. I encourage viewers to consider how unquestioned, internalized ideas about gender affect our perceptions of ourselves and each other.”

Kristen Lyle

Lyle’s project began as a desire to create an environment through video. For many trans, non-binary, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people, thoughts about gender are a constant part of their day-to-day life.

These videos depict an environment where this often internal or private dialogue about gender identity, gender presentation, and gender perception becomes externalized and inescapable to the viewer. 

Films will be projected in M-AAA’s storefront gallery starting October 2 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. and occurring daily through November 5. The work will also be available for viewing online, with supplementary work from artists selected by Lyle. 

Related Posts