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Hyphen American: Performance Series
Start Date: 2/17/2018Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Date: 2/17/2018End Time: 6:00 PM


Join Gallery 102 for a performance series hosted in conjunction with Hyphen American. Performances by: Nana Ama Bentsi-Enchill, Helina Metaferia, Hoesy Corona, and Kunj. The performance series is free and open to the public. -- Gallery 102 is proud to present Hyphen American, an exhibition that challenges and unsettles the liminal space of hybrid cultural identity within the American lexicon. Through painting, sculpture, video, photography, performance, and installation, the exhibition addresses the mythification of immigrants and first-generation Americans. The artists on view refuse, engage with, subvert, and satirize the exotification and fetishization that one often confronts when engaged with multiple cultural identities. The “othering” of immigrant communities is historically rooted in the cultural identity of America. Whiteness, as a synonym for the US, relies on the “other” to distinguish itself politically, socially, and economically. Our melting pot is merely a distraction to perpetuate erasure and cultural genocide; a mantra that willfully ignores the ramifications of American cultural essentialism. With the recent anniversary of Trump’s Muslim travel ban, and attention paid to alt-right, nationalist, white supremacist groups, it is imperative to resist the scapegoat tactics deployed by racist, sexist, xenophobic, and homophobic groups. Hyphen American, while admittedly incomprehensive in scope, is a humble and empowered attempt to create paths through barriers from the symbolic construction of hybridized languages derived from a mother tongue.
Contact:
Andy Johnson
202-994-6085
gallery102@gwu.edu
Hyphen American
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