From March 1 – 8, the Luggage Store Gallery’s Projection Space is proud to commemorate International Women’s Day (IWD), by presenting a range of pieces calling attention to the work of women from all over the world. From social justice organizations to female media artists, this program is an amalgamation of many powerful and diverse voices from the women’s movement.
International Women’s Day recognizes the growing solidarity amongst all people by highlighting the numerous challenges and achievements of gender equality across the globe, from political leadership roles to personal empowerment. The IWD program features informative pieces by the Global Fund For Women, Kronos and Nato and includes media work from Fatema Abdoolcarim, Adriane Colburn, Taraneh Hemami, and Mail Order Brides/M.O.B.
Juxtaposed within the landscape of this informative program, exist four creative pieces representative of issues that concern all human beings around the world. Abdoolcarim’s core practice is an examination of cultural practices and their attempt to suppress the female capacity. “The Great Hidden Sea of What I Don’t Believe”, investigates tensions between repulsion and pleasure as a way to look at the battle between agency and suppression. Colburn’s video relating to her current exhibit at the Luggage Store Gallery, is a study of climate change within the remote jungles of the Amazon and it’s impact worldwide. In “MOST WANTED”, Hemami investigates the nature of perception, recognition and representation while examining the construction of the image of the new enemy. A series of faceless portraits of the most wanted terrorists analyzes the many ways in which stereotypical perceptions of people are created while pondering the relationship between image and identity. Mail Order Brides/M.O.B. examines feminism in a morbidly humorous way with the hilarious “Mail Order Bride of Frankenstein”. The video is set in a Neo-Gothic Church and shot in high camp style; this pseudo-silent karaoke video takes you on a ride of the trials and tribulation of the most typical male’s impulse to “buy” love.
For more information about International Women’s Day go to http://www.internationalwomensday.com/
The Global Fund for Women
The Global Fund for Women plays a leading role in advancing women’s rights by making grants that support and strengthen women’s groups around the world. GFW mobilizes and redistributes resources that enable women to develop creative solutions to local, regional, and transnational challenges. GFW brings grantees and donors together in an international network that promotes women’s action for social change, equality, peace, and justice worldwide. http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/
Fatema Abdoolcarim is a Hong Kong born Indian-Pakistani artist whose work lies in the interstices of fantasy and memory. Through photographs, videos and installation work, she ventures in to deeply visceral terrain. At the core of Fatema’s work is an examination of cultural practices and their attempt to suppress the female capacity. In The Great Hidden Sea of What I Don’t Yet Believe, she investigates tensions between repulsion and pleasure as a way to look at the battle between agency and suppression. She positions the image of honeybees, a metaphor of the perfection of the female system, alongside jarring, almost obsessive, actions of the body. These repetitive processes in the work are a reflection of the internal struggle of being trapped in tradition.
Fatema received a BA in Fine Arts from The University of Pennsylvania in 2008, and moved from Barcelona in September of last year to pursue an MFA in Fine Arts at California College of the Arts. http://fatemaabdoolcarim.com/home.html
Adriane Colburn is an artist based in San Francisco, CA, Athens, Georgia and Vermont. She has exhibited her work throughout the US and internationally, at venues such as The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Artsterium in the Republic of Georgia, Parsons, New School in New York and at the Royal Academy of Art in London. To support her work, she has participated in expeditions to remote parts of the planet- traveling to the Andes and Amazon with Cape Farewell in 2009, to the Arctic Ocean on scientific research expeditions and most recently sailing from Barbados to French Guyana on a research vessel. She has been an artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Macdowell Colony, the Kala Institute and The Blue Mountain Center. She is currently teaching at the University of Georgia, Athens. She has recently participated in expeditions to remote parts of the planet- traveling on an Arctic seafloor mapping expedition with the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping in 2008 and to the Andes and Amazon with Cape Farewell in 2009 and to the Arctic an For more information visit: http://www.adrianecolburn.com
Taraneh Hemami was raised in Tehran, Iran, and lives in San Francisco. In her work, she engages diverse strategies including installation and media productions as well as collective and participatory projects to explore themes of displacement, preservation and representation. Examining the careful crafting of images as propaganda for power and political gain, Taraneh’s handcrafted reproductions of historical archives serve to commemorate events, places and people, while commenting on tools of manipulation and persuasion used across nations and histories. Her sources vary from fuzzy images of international terrorists downloaded from an U.S. governmental site for an examination of perception and stereotyping in the Most Wanted series to a collection of banned books and propaganda of the Iranian underground movement that describe the Iranian revolution in the Theory of Survival project. Taraneh’s conceptually driven works shift in material and presentation from shimmering shattered glass prayer rugs to a laser-cut wool carpet map of the city of Tehran. http://taranehhemami.com
Mail Order Brides/M.O.B.
For over a decade, Eliza “Neneng” Barrios, Reanne “Immaculata” Estrada and Jenifer “Baby” Wofford have worked collaboratively as Mail Order Brides/M.O.B., a trio of Filipina American artists engaged in an ongoing collaborative investigation of culture, race and gender.
M.O.B. “hits” have included public art projects for the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Market Street Art in Transit posters and the McColl Center Mobile Art Project, as well as performance works for Oakland’s Lunar New Year Parade and “Museum Pieces” at SF’s DeYoung Museum. M.O.B. has shown at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Triton Museum of Art, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery and The Luggage Store. Their film/video works have screened at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the Mix Festival and the International Film Festival in Detroit. They are committed to making the world a more delicious and harmonious place.