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We began this project by thinking about the ways that working class aesthetics are used by students on Oberlin’s campus as a status symbol; looking like you have less money than you do became a desirable way to present yourself. We realized that this glamorization and appropriation of poor aesthetics extends beyond our campus. It is often through the presentation of feminine gender and sexuality in addition to race that the humanization of poverty becomes visible. Aestheticizing Poverty showcases the ways that poorness is fetishized in all contexts of society. From dynamics of saviorism on city streets to couture fashion on runways, Aestheticizing Poverty draws attention to the appropriation of the appearance of lower class status. The exhibit highlights how those with class privilege use poor aesthetics to sell and profit from an image, a message, or a product, simultaneously delegitimizing the complex realities poor people face.
Using the internet as a platform, young queer artists are redefining and reimagining the way we understand the LGBTQ+ community. The internet enables people to connect to more diverse populations, allows people a forum for self discovery and can provide a safe space for people to be more open about their identity. Creating a Queer Community highlights artists that have thrived in the online era and shares their stories of love and anger, sadness and celebration, and confusion and healing, as told through their work. Divided into three emotion-based categories, this exhibit juxtaposes the positive and negative aspects of being in the LGBTQ+ community, displaying how pain, hurt, sadness, happiness, love and joy are equally important in the process of finding one’s identity. The categories of love and anger, sadness and celebration, and confusion and healing are inspired by Gilbert Baker’s original pride flag design wherein each color was assigned an emotion integral to the experience of an LGBTQ+ member. Featuring a variety of mediums, ranging from video art to audio recordings to traditional painting, this exhibit captures the expansive and diverse nature of queer art, as well as focusing on artists who have typically been excluded from the mainstream art world.
For hundreds of years, Fairy Tales have been used as a form of entertainment to teach children lessons and ways of being. From a young age, fairy tales teach us to conform to normative ways to act, appear, and love. In Western societies, stories about Princesses have become particularly popular. These stories affect how we assimilate to sexual and gender norms through socialization. In the last hundred years, Disney, as well as many other artist have remade these stories, through animation, art, and film. Disney’s versions have used this socialization to encourage many children, especially young girls to idolize these princesses. This has allowed Disney to make money off merchandise, theme parks, and resorts, through the capitalization of perpetuating gender norms and excluding non-normative identities. With the rise of the internet, many fans have taken these films and evolved them through art, to addresses issues that Disney movies perpetuate. This exhibit analyzes visual representations of princess fairy tales, through traditional, Disney, and fan interpretations, in order to question whether fan art is an effective mode to challenge the sexist, heteronormative, and ablest, messages that are conveyed to children.
This is an exhibit about how performativity is used in art of the past and present. It explores the different ways that gender and sexuality can be performed and how artist object choice affects this performance.
This exhibit examines the relationship between representation and exploitation in pop culture through the politics of advertisements and fashion campaigns, celebrity culture and social capital, and television and movies. The pieces investigate the harmful and beneficial sides of portraying nonnormative identities and experiences as well as ask how responsible different pop culture institutions are in offering this representation.
This exhibit explores power and sexuality on Oberlin campus as defined by dynamics of visibility, appropriation, and use of spaces and subjects therein. It explores subliminal societal messages and how they are sustained by certain sights and patterns in everyday campus life at Oberlin College.