Alicia Eler, Rebecca Parker, Miller&Shellabarger, Melissa Potter, and Miriam Schaer.
A special exhibition curated for the Why Marriage festival, February 22, 2014
What do familial relations look like? The exhibition Familial Territory considers the visual and material culture of familial relationships past and present. Each artist’s project distills concepts of family by embracing relational complexity, rather than binary understandings of interpersonal eco-systems. Represented within many projects are moments of creativity, resistance and of “making do” that articulate what it means be a part of a family, an institution whose definition has been contested for as long as it has existed. What are the nuances of romance, maternity, paternity, sisterhood, brotherhood or kinship as expressed through gestures of affection, antagonism, or ambivalence?
Familial Territory is special project for the Why Marriage one-night festival and journal launch organized by Mia Ruyter and Chuck Thurow. Insisting on a “more fluid definition of family and commitment” on the occasion of continued national political action around marriage equality,Why Marriage explores concepts of marriage through fiction, non-fiction, and visual art. “Our goal is to open the discussion around marriage to include creative, expressive life styles that represent the diversity that already exists in both the homosexual and heterosexual communities.” (Chuck Thurow)
Curated by Jessica Cochran
ABOUT THE WHY MARRIAGE FESTIVAL
Why Marriage? is an art festival and an edited volume of the journal Carceral Notebooks. The project will explore concerns exposed by the Marriage Equality movement— the powerful social forces that drive almost everyone – heterosexual, homosexual, male, female – to get married. Contributors will investigate their unique perspectives to this impulse. As the political debate around marriage equality rages, Why Marriage? insists on a more fluid definition of commitment and family.
The project, through the journal and exhibition, will include visual and performing arts as well as art criticism and social activism. It will bring art into dialogue with critical discussions about a relevant and timely issue – Marriage Equality. The project will break open the debates on same-sex marriage through diverse media – visual arts, theoretical essays, fiction, and performance. Contributors will debate the myth of monogamy, explore varieties of sexual desire, examine the patriarchal roots of marriage, and more. The project will open up the discussion around marriage to include creative, expressive life styles that represent the diversity that already exists in both the homosexual and heterosexual communities.