Mythologies of Identity – Art by Dane-Adrian Smith
Through fashion props and styling, the artists of Mythologies of Identity showcase personas that challenge heteronormative definitions of gender in photography. The project bridges the gap between masculine and feminine through various simulations. First, Sherman’s career-long identity performances through self-portraiture; then emerging trans artist Dane-Adrian Smith and their Post-Gender World; finally, a Virtual Reality project on contemporary cowboy culture in the Canadian Midwest by Jean-René Leblanc. Following a long history of exploratory art practice at CEPA, the exhibition illustrates how visuals play a role in personal agency and empowerment in gender expression.
Jamaican American photographer Dane-Adrian Smith (they/them) presents a postgender fantasy that challenges heteronormative definitions and brings a fresh perspective and powerful voice to the conversation surrounding gender, identity, and living authentically. The work shows how situations can impact someone’s ability to form a strong sense of self. It bridges the gap between traditional definitions of masculinity and femininity through fashion, portrait styling, and makeup, allowing full expression of a felt identity in a postgender world.
Mythologies of Identity will be on view at CEPA from February 3 to April 22, 2023. Please join us for the opening reception on February 3, 2023 from 5-8 PM located at 617 Main St Buffalo, NY 14203.
Curated by Véronique Côté.