CHICAGO — Woman Made Gallery (WMG) is pleased to present “Boundaries” juried by Whitney LaMora. This exhibition includes 34 works by 23 women and non-binary artists from across the US exploring modern digital and physical boundary setting as we emerge from global pandemic conditions. The exhibition is on view at the gallery and online.
About the Exhibition
"Boundaries" explores modern digital and physical boundary setting as we emerge from global pandemic conditions. While many new physical boundaries have been defined for us, other boundaries were left to be defined. This exhibition considers the magnitude of this particular moment, as well as conceptual dimensions and negotiations of boundaries broadly, and as particularly experienced by womxn and non-binary individuals.
Statement by Whitney LaMora
"The opportunity to jury a show under the theme of “Boundaries” in a space dedicated to women and non-binary individuals at the precipice of emerging from a global pandemic is really exceptional. As the reality of what each individual’s new normal would look like set in over the past year, boundaries had to be discovered, set, and considered within our new modalities. While the world was devastated by the pandemic, women became a particular target. Women took the hit when it came to job loss, the massive uptick in at-home responsibility, and the additional pressure of being an emotional centerpoint of so many lives and families. Trans women and non-binary individuals continued to experience disrespect, violence, and instability while watching governments continue to entertain laws that removed their already thin protections. These experiences rang loud and clear in the submissions for this exhibition. Artists spoke of gender identity, motherhood, the healthcare system, the body, physical space, mental health and an incredible amount of nuances in between. I hope the juried exhibition is a sufficient representation of all the rage, heartbreak, frustration, and work that women and non-binary people face every day. Boundaries may feel impossible to set, but as we can see by these powerful works, they are imperative to daily survival." - Whitney LaMora
Marylu E. Herrera
Hazel R. Magnolia*
Jodye Moon and O’Malley Steuerman
Pam Marlene Taylor
*Exhibiting in virtual presentation only.
About the Juror: Whitney LaMora (she/her) is a queer Chicago-based creative. Her artistic background spans from theatrical production to art curation, entrepreneurial leadership, goal-oriented mentorship, and beyond. She is a champion of interdisciplinary projects and emerging / DIY creators. She lives in Logan Square, obsessively reads, and takes in plants. Whitney is the creator of multiple Chicago art entities like Locus and the Accountability Club. https://whitneylamora.com/
A virtual opening reception is planned for Thursday, April 15th, 6 - 8 PM via WMG's YouTube Channel and will feature the juror in conversation with featured artists. Eventbrite ticket holders will be invited to a Zoom mixer with all exhibiting artists immediately following the program. Registration is recommended.
COVID-10 Update: As of April 6, 2021, Woman Made Gallery is limiting the number of visitors in the gallery to fifteen at a time. Face masks are required. Appointments required for the gallery opening reception only. No appointment necessary for open gallery hours.
If you need accommodations to fully participate in this program, contact email@example.com. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodations.
Woman Made Gallery | 2150 S. Canalport Ave., 4th floor | Chicago, IL 60608
Left: Jennifer Mannebach, No Place, 2020, paper, paint, wood, mylar, leather, silk, acrylic, 42 x 45 in.
Right: Gillian Marwood, We're All Cam Girls Now, 2020, polymer clay, aluminum, acrylic paint, felt, 7 x 6 x 6 in.
LEAVE A VMAIL BY APRIL 11!
Woman Made Gallery invites you (yes, you!) to practice setting your own boundaries. Leave a voicemail for yourself and to inspire others with your anonymous announcement.
At any time through April 11, call or text (470) 210-1507. You will immediately reach the voicemail where you can verbally announce the boundary you are practicing or intend to set. WMG will play audio files and display transcriptions at the gallery for the duration of the Boundaries exhibition.
Free and open to the public. All calls will remain anonymous and no phone numbers will be saved or displayed.
SUBMIT BY APRIL 18!
CALL FOR ART: Water Becomes Blood Exhibition Dates: May 27 – June 27, 2021
Water Becomes Blood is an exhibition that centers on chosen families in LGBTQIA+ communities. When safety is not always promised in blood relations, chosen families can create a space that centers around the security of their individuals. These families host love, joy, and acceptance at their core via unquestioned support. This allows members to explore and self-actualize in the form of true liberation. They also provide room for members to question themselves and the greater community during the process of their journey. Woman Made Gallery is looking for work that represents and appreciates these invaluable connections.
This exhibition is particularly, though not exclusively, interested in investigating the following conceptual questions and welcomes all mediums.
What does chosen family mean to you?
What are some of the best memories of joy and love that you have with your chosen family?
What struggles/hardships have you experienced/overcome together?
If you live with your chosen family, how have your daily interactions shaped your routine?
What role do you play in your chosen family?
Does your chosen family have a rich generational history? How does that history impact/inspire you to continue to grow your family?
ABOUT THE JURORS
Aliya Parashar (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist who works in mediums of fibers + materials and installation art in order to communicate the intersection of gender identity, post-colonial theory, and mythology. She strives to strike a balance between celebrating femininity and honoring bodies while creating a vision of resistance through garments and fiber production. Her work has been featured in SHUBA, Paper, Post, Crux, and Posture Magazine with her most recent show taking place at ACREprojects in 2019. Aliya holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago after transferring from Otis College of Art and Design. She is now pursuing her MA/MFA dual degree at the California College of Arts in San Francisco.
Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas O'Neal is a Chicago-based visual artist, educator, and independent curator. Zakkiyyah's work is most often initiated by personal and social histories related to family legacy, queerness, community making, and interiority. Zakkiyyah's practice borrows from visual traditions such as social portraiture, video assemblage, and vernacular found family sourced materials. Currently, Zakkiyah's body of work prioritizes social relationships related to queerness, Black women’s identity formation, family, social architectures, and the desire for connectedness. Zakkiyyah is a Co-founder of Concerned Black Image Makers, a collective-driven project that prioritizes shared experiences and concerns by lens-based artists of the Black diaspora; and most recently has been featured in exhibitions at South Bend Museum of Art, Goldfinch Gallery, Blanc Gallery, Glass Curtain Gallery, ADDS DONNA, and Zhou B. Art Center.