reflect / project Artists Announced

reflect / project is an exhibition series featuring socially engaged video work by a selection of artists who identify as Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and persons of color. The series provides a digital outlet for projects and initiatives that have been affected by the distancing restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

reflect / project is pleased to announce the artists selected for the months of October, November, December, and January.

Kristen Lyle (St. Louis, MO), Playground Stories. For many trans, non-binary, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people, thoughts about gender are a constant part of day-to-day life. These videos project internal or private dialogue about gender identity, gender presentation, and gender perception as externalized and inescapable to the viewer. Opens October 2, 2020.

Cami Thomas (St. Louis, MO), Tuko SasaTuko Sasa (We Are Now) is a series in which the conjunction of the African diaspora, the art of portraiture, and the digital age are showcased through an assemblage of digital collages and video loops. Each image presents to the viewer the essence of an individual in their rawest form, each adorned in a collection of digital elements that reflect the characteristics of the generational context that they hold within their DNA. Opens November 6, 2020.

Virginia Grise (Cedar Park, TX), Soñar es lucharSoñar es luchar is a short experimental/theatrical video. Set in a cotton field in South Texas, it is a conversation between The Woman Who Dreams and The Girl Who Sleeps All Day. Written and performed as a lucid dream about a broken heart, wild fires, urban rebellions, and the longing to fly. Opens December 4, 2020.

Sav Rodgers (Olathe, KS), No Reason for CelebrationNo Reason For Celebration is an archival documentary project that juxtaposes the early gay liberation movement with modern LGBTQ+ rights activism. Relying solely on the archival footage sourced by the filmmakers, this project highlights how trans people are often shunned from their own movements for the sake of “progress.” The sharp juxtaposition of these images promises an impact that leaves viewers questioning, “What exactly have we been celebrating?” Opens January 1, 2021.

Works are displayed nightly from 8-10 p.m. at the SubCulture Lab at Mid-America Arts Alliance, located at 2018 Baltimore in Kansas City, MO as well as online.

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