THIS SKIN I’M IN
THIS SKIN I’M IN Curated by Starr Sariego and Tema Stauffer
PHOTOGRAPHY FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
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As a photographer and curator, my interest has always been in people and portraiture. In 2013, I was given an opportunity to create and photograph an exhibition for a group of women with disabilities (Bold Beauty Project, Miami). This sparked my passion for making photo exhibitions that offer photographers and subjects a way to share their lives through cooperative portraiture and narrative. There is great power in creating space for the telling of one’s own story and especially for folks who live outside of our own societal circles.
THIS SKIN I’M IN: A Visual Narrative of Self is my third photography exhibition in this field. Themes for projects grow through my lived experiences. In this case, through mothering an intelligent and non binary young adult. Diving into to conversations with them along with active listening to them and their community have provided me with my own coming out of sorts as a fierce advocate. THIS SKIN I’M IN is a collection of images and narratives by artists in and engaged with the ***+ community. Photographers were invited to submit work that expressed their own personal experiences of queerness using photography and narrative as a vehicle for self-authorship- a series of visual autobiographies of sorts. The goal is to empower the photographers to be seen and heard as they wish, and not as a viewer may preconceive.
This exhibition aims to reveal that labels, pronouns and even current definitions of who and how a person chooses to identify are deeply personal. Terms and identities are evolving. As Audre Lorde so aptly said… “If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.”
As a photographer and curator, my aim is to create exhibitions with the intention of inviting the viewer to rethink societal labels of difference and otherness. This exhibition presents us with the opportunity to play with our own preconceived definitions of gender and the language we feel comfortable using around this subject. How do we use pronouns? What do we think about folks if their presentation is not what we are comfortable or familiar with? What can we learn from seeing and hearing their stories?
Lastly, I’d like to thank Tema Stauffer for her continued collaboration, encouragement and support and Susan Patrice for her expertise. When we collaborate we can make great things.
Participation by prior arrangement registration