CRIMINALIZE THIS! The Social Policing of Gender and the Criminalization of Queerness

11 Jul 2019 – 27 Jul 2019

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Amos Eno Gallery

New York
New York, United States


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Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition juried by Lorenzo Triburgo.


 The exhibition will feature a range of voices from the Brooklyn community, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals as well as national participants. An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 12 from 7-9 PM at the gallery’s location at 56 Bogart Street in Brooklyn, NY. A closing performance event will be held on Friday, July 26, 7-8:30 PM.

Featuring works by: Maryamsadat Amirvaghefi, Garth Amundson & Pierre Gour, Kyle Anderson, David Andersson, Elise Askonas, Nomi Beesen, Laura Boban, Julia Bradshaw, Jessica Burke, Keith Buswell, Mack Carlisle, Deric Carner, William Chambers, Sarawut Chutiwongpeti, Mia Cinelli, Peter Clough, Mary Cobb, Robyn Day, Jesse Egner, Jason Elizondo, James Falciano, Jon Feinstein, Lila Freeman, Guta Galli & Aaron Wilder, Ebenezer Galluzzo, Lindsay Garcia, Robert Gordon, Julie Green, Rebecca Hackemann, Ryan Halliwill, Vanessa Haney, James Horner, J Houston, Rainn Jackson, Axel Jenson, Everett Kane, Ann Kaplan, Brittany Knapp, Vaughan Larsen, Christopher Lineberry, Billi London-Gray, Jordan McGirk, Charlie J. Meyers, Sara Minsky, Slava Mogutin, Andrew Norris, Marc Ohrem-Leclef, Stephanie Paine, Julie Rae Powers, Vick Quezada, Kyle Quinn, Rowan Renee, Marval Rex, Gabriel Garcia Roman, Alex Dolores Salerno & Francisco Eraso Jr., Benjamin Saulnier, Pastor Isaac Scott, Rafael Soldi, Clark Stoeckley, Billie Stultz, Rebecca Jean Sutton, Ilona Szwarc, June T Sanders, Britt Thomas, Alan Vincent, Jan Wandrag, Sadie Wechsler, Kaylee Weyrauch, Milo Wissig, Guy Woodard, and Xue Zheng.

Juror statement:

This exhibition seeks to address the ways we experience and resist gender policing - from the seemingly innocuous (such as distinct “men’s” and “women’s” departments in clothing stores or the objectification of queers in ‘well-meaning’ media outlets) to the overtly punishing (systemic violence and imprisonment).

In the U.S. today, gender variant youth are given longer sentences than their counterparts and are required to demonstrate “gender appropriate” (such as walking “like a man”) in order to be released. Queer adults in the prison system also face longer sentencing, are more likely to be sentenced to death, and suffer violence at higher rates than other prisoners.

It is important to recognize that the social policing of gender is a critical part of what fosters the literal criminalization of queerness.

In a socio-political climate where the president of the United States actively seeks to deny the existence of transgender individuals, gains in civil rights legislation are being rolled-back, and the prison industrial complex continues to grow like a weed, it is an imperative that artists play the role of radical historians and create space for imagined futures.

As such — How do we confront and resist the criminalization of queerness and gender-nonconformity in our personal lives, dominant narratives within the media, and within our social, political and economic structures?

This exhibit will present a wide range of creative approaches to its themes in an attempt to reflect the equally wide-ranging experiences of gender nonconformity.


Lorenzo Triburgo


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