| HONEST BODIES |
Presented by the Office of Government & Community Affairs and organized by independent curator/CCNY alum Zachary Frater, Honest Bodies is a diverse program highlighting artwork and writing by young queer artists of color and allies. The focal point of the program is the Windows on Amsterdam Gallery, where the curator, together with the artists and writers, collaborated to create a space that not only showcases the artworks, but creates a context for dialoguing about the most controversial, most sacred, most intuitive parts of ourselves: our bodies.
| STATEMENT |
For many reasons—because we experience the world first through our bodies—because the body is often a private and sacred realm—because our bodies are so often misinterpreted and misconstrued in harmful ways, we were concerned with creating a space where visitors can engage in honest conversation (or movement) about our skin. We wanted to talk about awkward hookups, video game fantasies, bad porn, and not necessarily feel any type of way about it.
The aim of Honest Bodies is to uncover the different ways that young LGBTQ folk of color have learned to come to terms with and accept their physical bodies at the same time that we handle the everyday realities of discrimination and social control. It is a gathering of individuals who, either through the honesty and immediacy of their work, or through their everyday life practice, strive sincerely to achieve oneness with others. It is our hope that Honest Bodies will open us up, and make us available to one another so that together we can build communities based in trust, understanding, and creativity always.
| ARTISTS & WRITERS |
Cristobal Guerra Naranjo
Gabriel García Román
LeShaun Satya Lovell-Charles