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Prior Exhibitions

Thursday, October 13 to Sunday, November 20, 2022

Tender Cargo, an exhibition by Taleen Batalian

Tender Cargo, is a month-long exhibition by Taleen Batalian. The exhibition explores how bodies hold and carry trauma across time and geography, drawing on artist Taleen Batalian’s legacy as the granddaughter of four grandparents from Western Armenia. Batalian grew up surrounded by references to the Genocide her family endured, but it was never discussed openly. After the death of her mother in 2012, Batalian began using textiles and sculpture to unpack this murky silence and interpret her cultural history to understand the legacy of trauma passed down from her grandparents to her parents and ultimately to her. Tender Cargo investigates what it means to wear and carry our trauma and asks us to consider how the body traverses under the weight of these heavy loads.

Tender Cargo comprises sculptural garments, other 2D and 3D artworks, and an original soundscape. The exhibition will culminate in a live performance with dance, original sound score, and scenic design.

The exhibition is on view in the WaterFire Arts Center gallery from Thursday, October 13 through Sunday, November 20, 2022 with an Opening Reception on Thursday, October 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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Tender Cargo
Tender Cargo, is a month-long exhibition by Taleen Batalian.
Thursday, September 1 to Sunday, October 9, 2022

Portales: Reimagining The Future

PORTALES: Reimagining the Future is an art exhibit presenting the variety of ways that artists and organizers in Rhode Island have strengthened our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and the movement against racial injustice. In moments of difficulty, we can see how art can turn into ‘community portals’ that help us envision better futures. The exhibit is a sample of artistic works by RI-based artists who work in various mediums -photography, mixed media, painting, dance, video- and who have a practice of community organizing and/or are in relationship to grassroots community groups that center justice, equity, and access. The exhibit is part of a broader research project on public health, policy, organizing, and the power of art and culture, led by faculty and artists from Providence College. In the spirit of this, the exhibit will be accompanied by a story circle event. Reference: Arundhati Roy: The Pandemic is a Portal

The exhibition is on view in the WaterFire Arts Center gallery from Thursday, September 1 through Sunday, October 9, 2022 with an Opening Reception on Thursday, September 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge on Narragansett Bay and town of Jamestown, image courtesy of Envision Resilience Narragansett Bay

Prior Gallery Shows