Dewdrops in the Garden
September 10–October 7, 2022
Curated by Aay Preston-Myint
Artists: Ash Arder, Mark McKnight, Daniel Arthur Mendoza, Manal Kara, Crystal Cortez, and Livien Yin
Opening Reception: September 10, 5:00–7:00 PM
Southern Exposure is thrilled to present Dewdrops in the Garden, curated by Aay Preston-Myint, a member of SoEx’s Curatorial Council. Dewdrops in the Garden explores ways in which marginalized people perform and embody joy, kinship, and eroticism in a space called “nature.” Through subject matter ranging from foraging to fetish culture, the artists in Dewdrops offer playful ecological perspectives that defy narratives of victimization and despair in the wake of colonialism and environmental apartheid. Dewdrops in the Garden captures an optimistic, yet fraught pastoral consciousness, in which black, brown, and queer bodies claim access to the outdoors and the pleasures unlocked there.
A reminder that Southern Exposure asks that visitors wear masks while inside the gallery.