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Chris Ivey

WE ARE HERE: Finding Beauty In The Raw

2018

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Curated by Tavia La Follette

Artist Statement

With my early gentrification documentary work, some would ask "Where were the beauty shots?" and I would reply "Not everything deserves beauty." In my more recent works with teens and this installation, I felt that the subjects and viewers deserved more. They deserved beauty, to feel energized, to have hope, to have your heart drop or soar, to feel wondrous, to feel still, and engage others outside of social media. This installation shows individuals telling various stories from their lives and histories. Some may enlighten you, some may enrage you, some may make you want to cry. The goal is for the audience to have various and very different experiences.

Exhibition

Civil Rights & Civil Wrongs: South Africa and US, May 25 - July 29, 2018
About The Artist

Chris Ivey is a documentary filmmaker whose work challenges audiences to think more broadly and inclusively on issues like race, class, and gentrification.

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