Exhibition Extravaganza: I am, but also at UltraSuperNew Gallery
This September, discover the ideas of labels and segregation as UltraSuperNew Gallery presents a group show by Anna Chan, Dipali Gupta, Fazleen Karlan and Maisarah Kamal. To make sense of the world, we label and are labelled. To connect with others and form bonds, we live within the labels that are given to us, be it by ourselves or by others. A cycle forms where our perceived identities informs others of who we are, and their reaction to us, informs the self. It begs the question then: do we create our own identity, or is it created upon the experiences we have?
People’s perception of us becomes a check by which we enact upon how we would like to be seen. In these categorisations of ourselves, there are those that drown in the attempt to convince the world who they are supposed to be. Their refusal to be reduced to singular terms is an insistent demand to be recognised for their multiplicity.
Yet, in identifying with labels, there is empowerment in language for many whom for so long lack the words to speak for themselves. It is an endless journey of discovery, answering to baggage of histories that come with such terminologies.
What happens then when we dare to go beyond these labels? Do our identities fall apart? Is it not possible to simply exist or are we too tied up by the descriptions that they inevitably inform our identities?
I am, but also follows four women as they explore beyond the labels they inhabit, overcoming the ways they have been restricted and seeking ways of empowerment through their identities.
I am, but also runs from 14th to 27th September 2019 at the UltraSuperNew Gallery, 109 Rowell Road. Admission is free. For more information, visit their website here