Us AND Them
US: All People Everything
In a polarized world, what does it mean to be an "us" Is it grouping people together personally, as in the us of our family or community? Or is it political, grouping us by party, by race, by gender, or by place of origin. Robin Power and Susan Block define US by connecting all people, everything. Their sense of form represented in their work is based on the commonality of the human condition.
THEM: All People Everywhere
TAC Galleries, with guest jurors Susan Block and Robin Power, are searching for work for the juried exhibition, THEM: All People Everywhere. We are exploring how systems of labeling "other" lead to systemic discrimination, racism and conflict. In this extremely divisive era, how do we overcome the 'us versus them' mentality? What brings US together? Inspired by the call to action by Toni Morrison,
"THIS IS PRECISELY THE TIME WHEN ARTISTS GO TO WORK. THERE IS NO TIME FOR DESPAIR, NO PLACE FOR SELF-PITY, NO NEED FOR SILENCE, NO ROOM FOR FEAR. WE SPEAK, WE WRITE, WE DO LANGUAGE. THAT IS HOW CIVILIZATIONS HEAL.
I KNOW THE WORLD IS BRUISED AND BLEEDING, AND THOUGH IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO IGNORE ITS PAIN, IT IS ALSO CRITICAL TO REFUSE TO SUCCUMB TO ITS MALEVOLENCE. LIKE FAILURE, CHAOS CONTAINS INFORMATION THAT CAN LEAD TO KNOWLEDGE ? EVEN WISDOM. LIKE ART.?"
TAC Galleries are replacing the word versus with the conjunction AND in order to break down these kinds of divisions. Our hope is to redefine 'other' or 'them' to encompass a larger use of 'us,' reflecting a more realistic mirror image, providing feedback of what is around us in a more inclusive representational way.
Susan Block and Robin Power are featured artists and guest jurors.