Excited to announce Set On Freedom a month of art and programming at the Queen's Museum, curated by myself and four other participating artists:
Set on Freedom (SoF) was an artist retreat organized by the Open A.I.R. Artist Service Program at the Queens Museum for women, gender non-conforming, trans, queer artists of color in the summer of 2016. The program was held following violent tragedies like the mass shooting at Pulse and in the midst of several high-profile acts of police brutality that took the lives of Black people. Over the course of the year, a group of us, all queer artists of color from the summit, continued to hold space to discuss how the themes of displacement, dispossession, home, and strength have impacted our everyday experiences and informed our artistic practices. One year following the inaugural SoF retreat, the works presented in this exhibition and accompanying program series, Set on Freedom, were created during the our work to foster an inclusionary and mutually-supportive artistic community. Acting as self-disciplined cultural organizers during this process, we have explored their own representations of race, gender, sexuality, and love, de-centering whiteness and imagining radical systems of progress to uplift themselves as queer artists of color.
Sue Jeong Ka
Tiffany Joy Butler