We use our hands to support
May 29 – July 3, 2021
Curated by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 - 6:00PM by appointment only
We use our hands to support is a group exhibition and a multi-layered project visioned and gathered by Artist/Educator/Curator Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, a member of Southern Exposure’s Curatorial Council. When crafting this show, Lukaza was deeply inspired by the strategies that each of these artists hold in their practices. Their strategies, thoughts and work have guided the direction of the show. The overarching vision was to imagine an exhibition guided by the work of Fronteristxs Collective, Amanda Curreri, Kimi Hanauer, and Sam Vernon, living side by side.
We use our hands to support is a project, a manifesto, a tool for survival and continuing, a lens to see the world through, a cape, a mask, a screen, a pattern, a disguise, a pile of your favorite books, an abolitionist, a banner, a scream, a stack, a non-hierarchical space, a living organism. Activist, educator, thinker Grace Lee Boggs, asks us, “who is going to begin this new story?” and we answer that we need new language, we need to dig deep, pull up the unseen histories, look into each other’s eyes, tear all the walls down, center liberatory practices, use our hands to reimagine everything. This space commits to beginning this story and visioning that another world is possible, in honor of Grace, and in solidarity with the folks caged in detention centers, jails and prisons.
Over the course of a month, we will build this space together. With our hands, our hard work, our bodies, our chosen family, our new family, our neighborhoods, and with our loved ones far away. We look forward to building with you.
We use our hands to support will exist in numerous layers, creating an overlapping stack: a ‘physical space’ will hold work in Southern Exposure’s gallery by Amanda Curreri, Sam Vernon, Kimi Hanauer and Fronteristxs Collective; a ‘printed document’ designed and crafted by Ginger Brooks Takahashi; and an ‘online’ layer available through the Southern Exposure website. We invite you in as deep as you wish. The physical space will be open by appointment from May 29- July 3, 2021. The printed layer (which will become its own stack) will be sent out via United States Postal Service throughout the course of the show; and the online layer which will be a continual tool for ongoing learning and interaction with the work.
Make an appointment to view the exhibition May 29 through July 3 via calendly today!
To sign up to receive the printed document layer, please fill out this form.
[Image Description: In dark blue ink on a white background the text “WE USE OUR HANDS TO SUPPORT” is written out in a circular shape. In the middle of the circular text shape is a list of text “is a project a manifesto a tool for survival and continuing a lens to see the world through a cape a mask a screen a pattern a disguise a pile of your favorite books an abolitionist a banner a scream a stack a non-hierarchical space a living organism” stretched to fill the circular shape.]