As curator of the Intimate Transgressions exhibition I thought that it might be useful to write a narrative describing the origins of this project from a personal perspective.
Perhaps an exhibition, which at its heart, is about disclosure, about illuminating a terrible darkness in our society, demands that the artists and curators should also rise to this challenge and be as transparent as possible about our own creative motivation. From now until the opening of the NY show at Whitebox Art Center this blog will include regular updates from all those involved and follow our journey with this difficult theme.
One of the factors which we as curators have to consider in this project is that we want to draw people in, we don’t want to horrify people with images which will stop them from being able to see the artworks and understand the issues. The artists featured in the exhibition will be making an imaginative leap, finding a way to encompass visually all the complexities experienced by those who encounter sexual violence as victims and as perpetrators.
As a curator there are also a number of personal touch points:
- my exposure to coverage of the My Lai massacre when I was 10 years old,
- my experience of working in organisations like Minority Rights Group and International Alert,
- my personal experience of violent sexual assault,
- my visit to the Nanjing Massacre Museum and subsequent reading which is listed in the project bibliography.
I believe that factors we need to address in this project are: