RACE RECOUNTED [x] OUR VOICES
Organized by the Neighborhood Voices committee and Juan Ortiz
“It’s about race: both the way we view ourselves, and the way others view us as racialized beings” – Juan Ortiz
On view: June 26 – October 13, 2017
Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 27th | 6 – 8pm
Storytelling Workshop: Thursday, July 27th | 5 – 7:30pm
Neighborhood Voices Workshop: Wednesday, September 7th | 3 – 5:30 pm
From June 26th to October 13th, Neighborhood Voices, Creative Alliance, and Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) present Race Recounted at CCBC Dundalk, an exhibition uncovering the personal stories and complexities of individual identity as expressed by community members who have participated in the Neighborhood Voices program and in exhibition-related workshops. Since its inception in 2013, the Neighborhood Voices program, its founders, institutional partners (Creative Alliance and Banner Neighborhoods), and its resident-led committee have made a concerted effort to address social tensions through conversations about race that foster public spaces for dialogue and equity. Race Recounted is a celebration of our stories, our artwork, our collectivity, and our mission to confront many Americans’ automatic response to racial inequality: to remain silent.
Race Recounted asks visitors to participate in the creation of artwork that tells the story of their own racialized identity through audio/visual portraits in a recordable greeting card (materials are provided). Participants choose from a selection of 6 prefabricated exteriors that announce their race as defined by the US Census: White, Black, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, and Other. A workshop table in the center of the gallery guides them through the process of decorating the inside of the card and making a recording that re-plays when the card is opened. These stories and personalized images complicate the categorical generalizations made by the census classifications, and provide deeply moving insight into the complexities of identity that differentiate and define us all.
Race Recounted [x] Our Voices first premiered at Creative Alliance in 2016 to great acclaim, including prominent coverage in The Baltimore Sun and on Bmoreart.com. Creative Alliance is proud to partner with The Galleries at CCBC, and present Race Recounted at CCBC Dundalk as the first traveling location for the exhibition.
Origin of the exhibition:
Since 2013, Neighborhood Voices provides a platform for authentic storytelling between multiracial neighbors in Southeast Baltimore to organize educational, social justice, and activist workshops to address and fight against structural racism. The Neighborhood Voices committee is a dedicated and constantly evolving group of individuals and organizations anchored by Banner Neighborhoods and Creative Alliance’s Education Director, Maria Aldana.
The exhibition Race Recounted [x] Our Voices, along with coordination of Neighborhood Voices workshops, was Juan Ortiz’s focus during his 2016 fellowship at Creative Alliance, made possible through the support of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Ortiz is a graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in the Community Arts Masters in Fine Arts program. He was a doctoral fellow at Texas Technological University (TTU) and has been a research assistant in TTU’s Sociology and Anthropology departments studying borderland colonies and society. He also holds a Masters in Art and Public Policy from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Multi-disciplinary studies from the University of Texas, El Paso. He is the recipient of multiple fellowships and awards; his work has been exhibited nationally, including at the Tisch School of the Arts, the Grey Gallery in New York City, the Hoffberger School of Art at MICA, and at Creative Alliance. Chosen for his exemplary abilities as a researcher and community organizer, Ortiz was selected as a Community Partner to the White House Action Summit in 2015 for his work in Southeast Baltimore’s Latino community. He continues to be an integral part of the Southeast Baltimore community and its voice for equity.
From the Gallery at CCBc Dundalk:
The Galleries at CCBC are honored to be able to host this traveling exhibition and continue this conversation about how we define race and how it defines us. We would like to thank the Creative Alliance in involving us in the project and our Student Workers, who have worked enthusiastically in helping install the exhibition.
This exhibition is supported in-part by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, The Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences, and Paul Rucker.
For more information, contact:
Nicole Buckingham Kern, Gallery Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org 443.840.5687
Emilyann Craighead, Gallery Assistant, email@example.com
Jeremy Stern, Jeremy@creativealliance.org, 410.276.1651 x 216
Maria Aldana, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410.276.1651 x 209
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