If you follow me on instagram, you're probably aware that I had the opening to my very first photo exhibit ever (well, it's not just my opening because it's a group show, but you're on my blog so whatever).
The title of the group show was Tracing Nuance, and my project that showed was Piece by Piece, which you can see under my "projects" tab on my website. I made this project as a way of challenging the terms "traditional" and "non-traditional" in their use to categorize families. The work includes family portraits of both straight ("traditional") and LGBTQ+("non-traditional") families, with the center collage being small glimpses of the homes of all the subjects. The viewer can't tell what images from the center collage belong to which type of family, which reaffirms the point that sexual orientation is truly irrelevant. The portraits were made as polaroid collages to show the fragmentation of identity of the subjects, and the community as a whole, and also because Polaroid is just cool.
One of my favorite things was that my mama was able to make it to the opening of the exhibit. For about eight years, she was unable to come to the states for issues with her visa, so she missed out on a lot of my life (graduations, film premieres, shows, etc). Thankfully, she got her residency status late last year (pre-Trump obviously), so she was able to come to this and to my MFA graduation. I typically hate graduation ceremonies; walking on stage and that kind of attention makes me a little uncomfortable, but I had to do it so she could finally attend one of those things.
It was also wonderful to have friends, and some of the subjects from the project, attend. I have to admit I was genuinely nervous nobody would show up, other than my mama, but I was moved by how many people took time out of their day and willingly got stuck in traffic just to come show their support. I was especially surprised that some people who follow my work on instagram went and it was so lovely getting to meet them and talk about the fine art aspect of my work.
All in all, it was a wonderful experience, and being a part of a group show with some very talented people was an honor. Here's to more in the future! *drinks tequila*