The exhibition, BECOMING: Bodies of Trauma, Displacement and Dissidence, is a group exhibition featuring BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, People of Color] and women artists of diverse cultural heritage, gender/sexual orientation and faiths. The women artists whose journeys and art practices are sinuous entanglements operating within the liminal, the thresholds of simultaneous belonging and as outsider, thriving on ‘in between’ spaces of not only geographic but also mental, cultural, and psychological boundaries. Memories, narratives, and experiences are integral to the creation of the ‘self’, a constructed identity borne not solely dependent on genetics nor psychological attributes, but dependent more on the convoluted external forces that are continuously engaged by the internal struggles and its persistence to triumph over trauma, pain, displacement, and negation by society. There is strong agency in the ‘becoming’ as a distinct entity who grapples with the outside forces with its strong internal strength and values.
The exhibition curator is Karlota Contreras-Koterbay. Mrs. Contreras-Koterbay is a Filipino-American curator, and cultural specialist. She represents the American Museum of Philippine Art Foundation, Inc and is the current Gallery Director at Slocumb Galleries at East Tennessee State University.