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Seeing Other People

April 26 – June 9, 2018


projects+gallery, a Saint Louis commercial art space designed to present multidisciplinary exhibitions, is pleased to announce the opening of Seeing Other People, a group exhibition curated by Jessica Baran that will open Thursday, April 26th, 5-8 PM and remain on view through June 9th.   


"The act of representing others almost always involves violence to the subject of representation.” Edward Said, In the Shadow of the West

“The self is a text — it has to be deciphered … The self is a project, something to be built.” - Susan Sontag, Under the Sign of Saturn

Seeing Other People considers the rhetoric of the constructed self as it is shaped by the act of gazing or being gazed upon. By pairing three historical paintings of women by men with contemporary portraits of women predominantly by women, the exhibit takes as its point of departure the notion that both reading and authoring representational images is a form of feminist resistance.

The show will include a reading and listening room for the public to engage, composed of books and vinyl LP’s that speak to the theme of female self-representation.

The show will feature artwork by five emerging artists – Jess T. Dugan, Yvonne Osei, Catalina Ouyang, Katherine Simóne Reynolds and Krista Valdez – alongside Genieve Figgis, Ayana V. Jackson, Joe Jones, Aïda Ruilova, Cindy Sherman, Bert Stern, Mickalene Thomas, Édouard Vuillard and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Seeing Other People will open at projects+gallery on Thursday, April 26th from 5-8 PM and will include live music by DJ Agile One. The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, June 9th, 2018.