October 23 - November 20, 2021
12:00 - 6:00 PM, Wednesday - Saturday
Southern Exposure, 3030 20th Street
Friday, October 22, 5:00 - 8:30 PM
Artists: Joseph Alef, Crystal Azul, Sharmi Basu, Carlos Fernandez, Luis Garcia, Felicia Griffin, Shana Harper, Steph Kudisch, Darrin Martin, Tricia Rainwater-Tutwiler, Clio Sady, Ruth Tabancay, Anthony Tusler, Rachel Ungerer, Monica Valentine, George Wilson
Southern Exposure’s 30th Annual Juried Exhibition, curated by Jackie Clay and Jillian Crochet, features the work of 16 Bay Area-based artists with disabilities. These powerful works address themes of (or longing for) connection and community — finding alternate ways of being, feeling and thinking through tactility and touch, haptics, color, sound and line.
In addressing disability as the topic of this year's Juried Show, we affirm that people with disabilities have an important and valuable perspective that we must recognize and uplift. SoEx asserts that disability must be included in conversations about inclusion and diversity. People with disabilities make up one of the largest marginalized and often overlooked communities. SoEx commits to learning from and righting past mistakes to become a truly inclusive organization. We seek to radicalize our language and not shy away from the use of the word disability.
ABOUT THE JURORS:
Jackie Clay (she/her), Juror: is the executive director at the Coleman Center for the Arts, a contemporary arts organization that produces socially engaged public art projects in the Alabama Black Belt region. In addition to her work in Sumter County, she has organized exhibitions at the ICA LA, et al gallery (San Francisco), and the Alabama Contemporary Art Center (Mobile). She has contributed to catalogs including Prospect 4, black is a color, and the Greenwood Art Project. She hosts Monograph, a documentary series produced by Alabama Public Television that focuses on creative practice both inside and outside the traditional arts framework. A graduate from California College of the Arts with dual-interdisciplinary degrees, her intellectual practice centers on black visual culture. Clay believes art and art institutions should service their publics, and organizations should encourage or sustain collective community health.
Jillian Crochet (she/her), Juror: is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Bay Area working in sculpture, video, and performance to confront grief and disability. Her practice seeks to liberate the disabled body from normalized marginalization and oppression. She is a 2020-2021 Artist in Residence at Art Beyond Sight's Art & Disability program and was a 2020-21 Graduate Fellow at Headlands Center for the Arts. She currently has work in Crip Time at the Museum Für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany and Able Zine based in London, UK. She earned her BFA from the University of Alabama in 2007 and a MFA in Fine Arts from California College of the Arts in 2020.