ANCESTRAL BODIES, IDENTITY, AND LIBERATION: A VANDERBILT DIVINITY SCHOOL STUDENT SHOW
The Browsing Room Gallery (Downtown Presbyterian Church) / 154 5th Ave. N. February 2 - March 30th
Keitlyn Alcantara, Damien Domenack, Erica Joy Johnson, Ariana Wagoner
The Browsing Room Gallery at the Downtown Presbyterian Church presents: Ancestral Bodies, Identity, and Liberation – A Vanderbilt Divinity School Student Show, curated by Master of Theological Studies candidate Lauryn Peacock.
This exhibit investigates identity, ancestry, the human artistic response to trauma and spiritual growth – the paths we find to liberation. Erica Joy Johnson’s work, which includes paintings from her collection Bodies Gone Quiet, explores what we remember, who we bring – our generational memory and asks, “How does their memory translate to our embodiment?" Keitlyn Alcantara addresses recovery from violence and challenges the “limiting and deeply ingrained ideas of what [we] ‘should’ be.” Ariana Wagoner’s work is about reclaiming the body and the tension of sexual violence narratives in the Hebrew Bible, how they relate to parallel instances prevalent in society today. All student work expresses a liberation ethic, body positivity, and identity - liberation as a communal activity.
image: Erica Joy Johnson, They Fold Quietly, 2018