We have teeth too showcases powerful works by Natalie Ball, Jordan Ann Craig, Emma Robbins, and Amanda Roy. Curated by Natani Notah
Originally inspired by the work of Amanda Roy, the title of this show serves as a double meaning. We have teeth too is first and foremost an exhibition exploring what it means to be human and thus serves to disrupt Western notions of purity by focusing on various intersections of identity. On their own and together, the works included in this exhibition inspire a collective call to action, which is rooted in deep connections to community and conversations about representation in the arts. Contemporary pieces span a wide range of mixed media including sculpture, painting, and photography with ties to the complex histories of portraiture, quiltmaking, Indigenous quillwork, and regalia.
We have teeth too features an interdisciplinary selection of current works that fearlessly touch on human rights violations across North America. New sculpture calls attention to the ongoing fight for educational institutions to repatriate Native remains to the communities they were wrongfully taken from, while delicate works on paper bring more awareness to the detrimental effects of radon poisoning happening in the Southwest today. Side by side, this collection of artwork challenges us to see how we can turn lines of division into genuine pathways that lead to greater social accountability and more meaningful connections that exist beyond the binary.
In the face of incredible pushback, women of color have often been the backbone of historical movements and important change. Artists such as the ones featured in this exhibition have undeniably been instrumental in the progression toward justice. We — Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) — have literally stood on the front lines for centuries demanding respect for the land, our loved ones, and our livelihoods. It is my hope that We have teeth too reminds everyone that BIPOC are fully human, and despite both past and present circumstances, we possess the right to smile when we are victorious and bite back when our future depends on it.
— Natani Notah
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