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Virtual tour created by The McIninch Art Gallery

On view January 18, 2021 - May 18, 2021

The McIninch Art Gallery at Southern New Hampshire University is proud to present the virtual exhibition of EMBODY. This exhibition originated at the Mandeville Gallery, Union College, from August 24, 2019, to January 19, 2020. Support for this virtual exhibition and
its accompanying digital catalog comes from the Samuel P. Hunt Foundation.

“EMBODY features contemporary artists of diaspora applying collage methods, both conceptually, and in some cases, literally, as a technique to construct identity and/or selfhood within the mode of portraiture or figuration in the visual arts. Artists in the exhibition include Firelei Báez, Amir H. Fallah, Chitra Ganesh, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Simonette Quamina, Stacey Robinson, David Shrobe, Didier William, and Saya Woolfalk. Each artist practices a different approach to realizing identity through the representation of the body and creating a plurality of existences within the subject. These figures embody resistance, defying and challenging a one-dimensional reading of who the figure might be or what they represent.

The way these figures are made can be seen as acts of opposition to stereotyping. They resist a narrow interpretation of the figures as constructs. Each image is built to give agency and range to the life of experience the subject has lived.”

- Julie Lohnes, Director & Curator of Art Collections & Exhibitions,
Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, NY

Saya Woolfalk, Encyclopedia of Cloud Divination, (Plate 2), 2018, edition 3/14,
43.8” x 33.7”, Archival Ink Jet, Silkscreen, Silver leaf, Chine Collé on Paper
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The Exhibition