Women So Empowered Are Dangerous
Solo Exhibition featuring new works by Jessica Sabogal

Opening Reception on May 14, 2010, 6-9pm
May 14, 2010 – June 10, 2010

Living Art Studio
219 Main Street, Northampton, MA

Living Art Studio is pleased to present Women So Empowered Are Dangerous, a solo exhibition of new work by Jessica Sabogal, Colombian American graffit artist, as its May 14 – June 10th installment for Northampton’s Monthly Art Walk. Titled not only in reference to the works of Audre Lorde, the exhibition pays homage to fierce women warriors, Audre Lorde, Cherríe Moraga, Yuri Kochiyama, and Lorraine Hansberry, who, armed with poetics, paper, pen, and passion for human rights, broke ground for today’s generation of women of color.

With back-breaking effort and courage befitting the title Women So Empowered Are Dangerous, Sabogal uses portraiture and spray paint to capture the radical, impassioned spirit and fierceness of four women of color she admires, gives thanks to, and attempts to emulate. Says Sabogal, “These women are not considered beautiful, featured in the limelight, or put on pedestals by mainstream society. I wanted to recognize these women, give visibility to often faceless and nameless women who fight for my (our) empowerment and existence.”

With her exhibit, Sabogal builds a house of subverted art upon Hansberry, Lorde, Kochiyama, and Moraga’s broken ground. In the male-dominated world of stencil and graffiti art, Sabogal dares to reinvent the purpose of a spray can by using it to tell the stories of women, the struggles of women, and in this case make tangible and visible the presence and history of women, specifically that of women of color. Sabogal muses, “I hope this exhibit inspires action. It’s great that people come out, see art, and get educated, but I hope that they don’t stop thinking about these women once they leave the gallery. I hope that they go out, read their poetry, plays, and books. I hope other women of color will aspire to follow in their footsteps. I hope the community, men and women and children alike, will be inspired to step up and make sure these voices make it into history books, into everyday rhetoric, and that these portraits, these paintings, are just the beginning of something bigger, something involving all of us.”

Chelsea Naftelberg or Scot Padgett
413.584.3758 // http://www.thelivingartstudio.com



One Response to “W.S.E.A.D”

  1. DrDeadline March 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    You are remarkable beyond words! I am so grateful to have stumbled across you and your work today!

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