WOMEN ON THE BRINK – Curated by Tracy Rector
OPENING: Thursday, MAY 12, 2016, 6-9pm w/ LIVE BAND starting at 6:30 – Brazilian music by Entre Mundos Quarteto. Words by Michelle Peñaloza, Quenton Baker, Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, Nahaan, and Julie Trimingham and official launch of Julie’s new book “Way Elsewhere”.
EXHIBIT DURATION: May 12 – June 4, 2016
WOMEN ON THE BRINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/980827771996383/
WAY ELSEWHERE FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1753053394928130/
Women on the Brink is a multidisciplinary group show that explores the idea of edges, borders and boundaries. Curated by filmmaker and arts advocate, Tracy Rector, the show includes installation, film, photography, visual art, music, and literary arts. Vermilion Art Gallery & Bar on Capitol Hill will host the show from May 12-June 4, 2016
Fresh off the overwhelming success of You Are on Indigenous Land, a mixed media experiential show featuring work by Native artists, Tracy Rector was invited to guest curate a show at Vermilion. As co-founder and executive director of Longhouse Media, Rector has long been engaged with wedding art to politics to advocacy to education. She saw the Vermilion show as an opportunity to “honor the fierce feminine” and to investigate edges and borders, whether geographic, pertaining to the physical body, or spiritual. She chose the word “brink” for connotations of both peril and promise, the notion that some dramatic change is imminent. This is a show about women –or the feminine we all encompass– and transformation.
Rector’s own contribution to the show will be an installation done in memory of the Indigenous women who have been murdered, been trafficked, or have otherwise gone missing in recent times in Canada and the United States. Other artists will include Keshet Cohen (mosaics); Laura James (visual art); Eliaichi Kimaro (encaustics); Margie Morris (elk hide drums with Tlingit form line designs); Melissa Ponder (photographic essay); author Julie Trimingham; filmmaker Melissa Woodrow, and internationally acclaimed spoken word artist Sheri-D Wilson, “the Mama of Dada.”The show will open during Capitol Hill Art Walk on May 12, and will include the book launch for Julie Trimingham’sWay Elsewhere. Opening night, Trimingham will be sharing the stage with Brazilian jazz group Entre Mundos Quarteto, and also with other Seattle poets and writers. Another evening will be devoted to a performance by Sheri-D, whose most recent poetry book probes the relationship between the desecration of the earth and violence against women. Throughout the month there will be additional events as part of the show.
ABOUT TRACY RECTOR: In addition to her work with Longhouse Media, Tracy Rector serves on the Seattle Arts Commission. She is a Sundance Institute Lab Fellow, a Tribecca Film Fellow and is the recipient of the Horace Mann Award for her work in utilizing media for social justice. An Urban Native (Choctaw/Seminole) of mixed race heritage, Rector was raised in Seattle and Albuquerque, and both homes have inspired her artistic and cultural vision.
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