Voice, Being and Belonging
Opening September 14, 5:30-7:00
The Montana Human Rights Network has curated this special exhibit, Voice, Being and Belonging,as part of the Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate series of programming offered this fall throughout Helena. The Speaking Volumes exhibition hopes to stimulates discussion about the dangers of anti-Semitism, violence, racism, homophobia, and bigotry.
Voice, Being and Belonging features two women artists, Christina Erives and Natalie Baxter, who are working with culture and their surroundings. Erives is a current Archie Bray resident whose clay sculptures stem from her Mexican heritage, family traditions, and effort to render a narrative that embraces and celebrates the rituals of a new generation.
Baxter’s work, Warm Gun, meanwhile examines the United States issues of gun violence and masculinity through a collection of colorfully quilted, droopy, caricatures of assault weapons, bringing “macho” objects into a traditionally feminine sphere and questioning their potency. Like the Speaking Volumes exhibition the show brings together diverse pieces to provide addresses the political, social, historical, and environmental consequences of white supremacy as it moves from the margins to the mainstream of American society.