Visual Tensions | Séan Alonzo Harris, Letting Yourself Go | Philip Brou, Parasitic Honeyshoes | Gret
- Date: April 5, 2019 - April 26, 2019 (Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
- Time: 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
- Location: Maine College of Art, Portland
On View: April 5 - 26, 2019 Opening: Friday, April 5, 2019, 5-8PM
This collective exhibition showcases three individual solo exhibitions in the shared space of the ICA. Visual Tensions is a collaborative photography project that brings community members together with members of law enforcement. African American photographer Séan Alonzo Harris will create photographic portraits as a means to foster relationships and build bridges between people of color with members of law enforcement. The project will provide a platform to cultivate mutual respect and transform our images and perceptions of others.
Letting Yourself Go is a new project by Philip Brou investigating ideas of selfhood and the human condition. The project began as a critical examination of the famous story of Polyphemus, the cyclops from Homer’s Odyssey. In Odysseus’ epic journey to return home, he and his men are held captive in Polyphemus’ cave. As part of a plan to free himself, Odysseus concocts a lie: he tells Polyphemus that his name is Nemo, which translates to Nobody. The presence of the Nobody, as a persona used to escape captivity and confront the ego, is a concept at the core of Brou’s project.
Bank’s Parasitic Honeyshoes is a wide reaching visual essay implying the possession and corruption of the material and spirit world. This is a testimony to the parasitic nature of whiteness within the human species, portraying the culture of cannibalism that sustains a hierarchy consuming all energy. This narrative is staged in the macro and micro scale, placing the viewer as both smaller and larger than the frame rewarded. Capitalism is a spiritual crisis for all species.