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Promises to Keep
Exhibition Opening - NYC
Promises to Keep Opening Reception

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 6:00 pm
291 Church Street, NYC

Promises to Keep, organized by Rabbya Naseer, is an apexart Unsolicited Exhibition.

Promises to Keep examines the close relationship between autobiography, self-portraiture, and performance in the construction and (re)presentation of "identity." Exploring the use of the artist’s body in self-representational acts of twelve female artists from Pakistan who span three generations, the exhibition looks at how self-parody, activism, nationalism, popular culture, and feminism cross paths in these enactments.

Rabbya Naseer and Hurmat ul Ain, White as Snow, 2008, Video, 2:15 min (still)
Promises to Keep examines the close relationship between autobiography, self-portraiture, and performance in the construction and (re)presentation of “identity.” Exploring the use of the artist’s body in self-representational acts of twelve female artists from Pakistan who span three generations, the exhibition looks at how self-parody, activism, nationalism, popular culture, and feminism cross paths in these enactments. Memory, history, gender, and socio-political/cultural constructs coexist within the same space when performing these self-portraits.

The works included in this exhibition explore the possibilities for proactive engagement with socio- political issues, recon guring the status and function of art from passivity to active agency and direct confrontation. They aim to generate a discussion about the obligations and responsibilities of belonging and do not attempt to describe themselves or bring forth a conclusive argument. Instead, these works encourage a dialogue about the de nition of selfhood and its distorted re ections provided by the looking glass. The viewer is invited to join the artist, in the act of staring intently at her reflection in the mirror, while she herself fails to differentiate between the real and the re flected.



This event is free and open to the public.



apexart's programs are supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Buhl Foundation, the Degenstein Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Affirmation Arts Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
 
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