Biomytography: Making Visible

Film Still ​from Marton Robinson, Daguerotipo, 2018

Biomythography: Making Visible

Curated by Chris Christion and Jessica Wimbley

February 10th – March 13th, 2020

Opening Reception | Monday, February 10, 2020, from 6-9 pm
Performance | Deadnaming by Thinh Nguyen @ 7PM

Artists: Caz Azevedo, Logan Dandridge, Chuck Feesago, Thinh Nguyen, and Marton Robinson

 

Cerritos College, Cerritos College Art Gallery

11110 Alondra Blvd,

Norwalk, CA 90650

 

 

Biomythography: Making Visible is the eighth exhibition in a series that seeks to

investigate biomythography as a visual arts practice. Biomythograpy is a literary

device created by Audre Lord to expand limited demarcations of identity. UC

Santa Cruz Dance Professor Ted Warburton defines Biomythography as; “the

weaving together of myth, history, and biography in epic narrative form, a style of

composition that represents all the ways in which we perceive the world.”

 

By conventional definition, identity is the qualities, beliefs, personality, looks

and/or expressions that make a person or group. However, for those not

represented or underrepresented in history, the nuances of identity are not

covered by conventional definitions. Identity instead is an ever-shifting

continuum of experiences; layered with histories, myths, readings, and rereadings.

The job of Biomythography is to expand perceptions, exposing more

multi-faceted, dimensional, and mutable considerations of self. It is at this point

where the work begins, where the meaning of our identity intersects with the

materials and experiences of our lives.

 

The artists have consciously or unconsciously invoked the literary form

of biomythography by engaging in unpacking the complexities of our gender,

political, and historical identities. Asserting that identity is the culmination of these

inseparable yet distinct relationships and provoking the viewer to reevaluate the

lenses through which they’ve viewed individuals in order to recognize

themselves.

Participating artist: