Addressing Race and Gender at THIRTY

Maryland Art Place’s event series THIRTY: 30 Creative Minds Under 30 features artists under the age of thirty who are making a name for themselves in Baltimore. The next THIRTY on April 10th, 2013 features two artists that address issues around race and gender.

Nora Howell, a MICA graduate, uses her art as a way of addressing systemic racism and opening dialogues on whiteness. Howell uses popular images in her work, such as Oreos and media advertisements, to spark conversations surrounding race. Many of Howell’s projects have focused specifically on raising visibility to the pervasiveness of whiteness in society. Her “Cracker Dress” is one example of her use of head turning images.

"Oblivia around town. Consumed by her own musings, Oblivia seems unaware of the impact of her “cracker-ness” on those around her."

Nora Howell in her Cracker dress
“Oblivia consumed by her own musings, Oblivia seems unaware of the impact of her “cracker-ness” on those around her.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alicia Ciambrone, a current MICA student, addresses the portrayal of women and girls in the media/television through her Girls Series. Ciambrone’s “Mean Girls” series showcases the hyper-sexualized and aggressive portrayals of women in many current reality television shows. Similarly, in her “Naperville Girls” series Ciambrone remarks on the images of young women often seen across social media sites were they are often stripped of any individual self.

Alicia Ciambrone's "Biter"

Alicia Ciambrone’s “Biter”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can check out more of Nora Howell and Alicia Ciambrone’s art at:

 THIRTY: 30 Creative Minds Under 30

Wednesday April 10th
6:00pm
Maryland Art Place
8 Market Place, Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

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