*Whew Chile the Ghetto is on view in TAG Gallery’s loft space until September 30. Rakeem Cunningham was given loft space for two weeks without any restrictions from the gallery board. Cunningham then invited Ramon Espinosa to plan a project with him. The result is a show directly reacting to how people view art and how people interact with queer, non-white bodies within in the project space. Cunningham will show odalisque type of self-portraiture, relating to queer Black experiences, while Espinosa will show works on paper that demand interpretation while mirroring his own struggle with the questions of interpretation.
Also from the press release:
The video clip of Nene Leakes walking through the streets of Atlanta while saying “Whew chile! The ghetto!” has been meme-ified, and has become a collective sentiment and standard meme response of younger generation of POCs. The exhibition adopted Leakes’ reaction to Atlanta’s ghetto to convey the frustration of being queer POC in the Art/art world – the ghettoization of queer black and brown bodies in these institutions, and the rest of the world.
Rakeem Cunningham studied at UCLA for Design and Media Arts and has shown in Castelli Art Space, The South Bay LGBT Center, and The Los Angeles LGBT Center in Los Angeles, California, and in Littman and White Galleries in Portland, Oregon. Ramon Espinosa has participated in group shows in the Pete and Susan Barrett Gallery in Santa Monica, LA Art Share in Los Angeles, and in Trunk Gallery in Venice, California.
More information on the exhibition can be found here.