nevertheless: She Persisted @ Durango Arts Center

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“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and  deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens” First Lady Michelle  Obama.

The title of this exhibition “nevertheless: She Persisted” refers to a phrase by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. In defense of silencing Senator Elizabeth Warren, McConnell said, ““Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” Subsequently, the phrase was embraced on social media and became a battle cry for women across the U.S. in 2017. Women did not want to be told — to sit down and stop talking.

The works in this exhibition are grouped into categories to reflect gender-based burdens. These are hardships disproportionately shouldered by women in society. These gender-based burdens include gender-based violence, political inequality and gender-based-poverty. This weight hauled by women can have a palpable physical existence or take on a psychological shape of enormous proportions. Many women live day-to-day hindered by gender-based burdens; yet, they continue to persist.

The goal of “nevertheless: She Persisted” is to raise awareness of gender-based burdens. By fore-fronting gender-based burdens, inequities surrounding violence, poverty and politics and their impact on women can continue to be highlighted and discussed. Ongoing visibility of these issues is a necessity in order for change to occur – whether it manifests in small steps or larger advancements.

Author: rosemarymezadesplas

Rosemary Meza-DesPlas is a Latina artist/writer/spoken word performer. She works in hand-sewn human hair, watercolor and drawing installations. She received an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BFA from The University of North Texas. She has exhibited at Hoxton Arches Gallery, London, UK; Yorck Studios, Berlin, Germany; LuXun Academy of Fine Arts Art, Shenyang, China; Espace Kiron, Paris, France; A.I.R. Gallery, NYC; ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL and New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM. She presents papers about the visual arts at academic conferences; her areas of expertise are gender & women’s studies, Latino visual art and contemporary art. Ms. Meza-DesPlas incorporates props and costumes in her spoken word performances. In 2017 she has performed in Toronto, Canada at the Feminist Art Conference and at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, NM.

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