Apr 14th 2017

Kiss the Girls: Make Them Cry

@ Public Access

3306 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Opening Friday, April 14th, from 7PM - 10PM

On view through Saturday, May 6th

Public Access is honored to present Kiss the Girls: Make Them Cry, a group exhibition featuring works from Claire Arctander, Dara Birnbaum, Anna Showers Cruzer, and Becky Kolsrud. Using Dara Birnbaum’s video work from 1979, Kiss the Girls: Make Them Cry, as a point of departure, the contemporary works in this exhibition bring to the fore questions surrounding desire and gratification, sensuality and aggression, ownership and objectivity, representation and reality. In these works, the experience of viewing the subject is mediated––through lenses, painted gates, or material obstruction––delaying or problematizing the desire to look, to watch, to consume. In viewing the works as a whole, larger questions emerge: can we have agency of one’s own visuality? How can we reclaim the actions and experiences of our own bodies in order to make a critical space? Can we produce our own subjectivity?

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