Pink, Purple, Polka-Dotted
October 14-October 31
Joined by a live dance on opening night, Pink, Purple, Polka-dotted is a colorful installation that challenges racial ideologies.
This gorgeously colorful solo multi-media installation will include art, apparel design, live dance, and video by Julia Bond through her platform, Otherly. The work will ask people to question common ideologies around race.
I have often heard, “MY _________ TAUGHT ME TO TREAT EVERYONE THE SAME. IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU’RE BLACK, WHITE, RED, YELLOW, PINK, PURPLE, OR POLKA-DOTTED.”
The joke is funny because well-oxygenated violet humans do not exist. Green humans do not exist. Yellow with polka dots on your head humans do not exist. When people scroll through the rainbow in pursuit of ever more outlandish skin tones to assign to their hypothetical fellow man, they almost always end up equating minorities with aliens. Are they not also equating white folks with aliens? In theory, sure, but in practice, the trope is most likely to snap into place when someone (usually white) wants to dismiss or pre-empt a charge of racism—or worse, justify their liking for a person of color.
This show will respond to color warping and color distortion in the context of race. This show seeks to demonstrate the importance of seeing color and understanding how it can shape a person’s perspective. It seeks to show that “white” and “black” and “brown” are not alien, as is “pink, and purple, or polka dotted”, and that when people refuse to see the difference in people’s colors, they do end up alienating them.
The opening event will be Sat, Oct 16, at 6 pm. The space will be open Thurs-Sun 12-5, Oct 14 -31.
Registration for this event will open on September 26th.