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What You See is What You Sweat

"What You See is What You Sweat" flips cultural appropriation around and builds relationships between communities of color where whiteness is not the center

Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) in Seattle is proud to present What You See is What You Sweat from August 4 - 27, 2016.

What would it look like if artists and curators of color could appropriate a conversation about 'appropriation' in contemporary art? The aim is to flip the script. After all, appropriation is a power play. White supremacy, sexism, transphobia or classism function plainly by dint of it. Yet Western artists from Duchamp to Warhol have made use of appropriation to shift cultural contexts. If we look at appropriation in an open-ended way, what is behind the curtain of ownership, cultural exchange, authenticity, and meaning making here? And can we use appropriation to find the types of relationship-building taking place between communities of color where whiteness is not the center? And to this end how are white artists looking at history and social change? Creativity and power (both balanced and imbalanced) make odd bedfellows. Suffice it to say, What You See is What You Sweat is a 21st century ride on the dark side of possibilities.

What You See is What You Sweat is made up of a curatorial team of five doers and thinkers who are creating space for arts audiences and artists who shop in the ethnic foods aisle and those who hit the streets for social change. They include: C. Davida Ingram (artist/writer/curator/educator), Chieko Philips (curator/historian/exhibition designer), Christopher Shaw (artist/designer), Leilani Lewis (curator/producer) and Zorn B. Taylor (artist/educator/futurist).

A diverse selection of media from video and textiles to paintings and photographs will be presented from participating artists including Alex Anderson, C. Davida Ingram, Chris Head, Darius X, Edxie Betts, Jeffrey Veregge, Juventino Aranda, Mark Mitchell, Micha Cárdenas, Nicholas Galanin, Patrisse Cullors, Paul Rucker, Romson Bustillo, Satpreet Kahlon, Viradeth Xay-Ananh, and Zorn B. Taylor.

An opening reception with the artists and curators will be held on August 4, from 6-9pm at CoCA PS35 located at 106 Cherry Street, Seattle, 98104.

Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday from 1-7pm.

Header images (from L to R): Romson Bustillo, Juventino Aranda, Satpreet Kahlon

Next Event:

Opening Reception
August 4, 2016, 6-9pm
Location: CoCA PS35, 106 Cherry St., 98104
Part of the Pioneer Square Art Walk.

Seattle Art Fair Weekend:
During the Seattle Art Fair weekend, CoCA PS35 will hold extended gallery hours.
On Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6, PS35 will be open to the public from 1-8pm


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Earlier Event: July 1
CoCA Lab: Marion Walker
Later Event: August 4
Coca at Seattle Art Fair