Reviews of USFCAM “SubRosa: The Language of Resistance” Exhibition

Zanele Muholi, Katlego Mashiloane and Nasipho Lavuta, Ext. 2, Lakeside, Johannesburg, from the series Being, 2007, Lambda print, 30” x 30.” Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York.
Zanele Muholi, Katlego Mashiloane and Nasipho Lavuta, Ext. 2, Lakeside, Johannesburg, from the series Being, 2007, Lambda print, 30” x 30.” Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York.

SubRosa: The Language of Resistance is still on view at USFCAM. Be sure to check out the exhibition before it’s gone December 7th! Here’s a bit from the press on the USFCAM exhibition: Creative Loafing | Review: “SubRosa Reaches the Age of Dissent” Art corespondent Julie Garisto reviews SubRosa for Creative Loafing

Throughout SubRosa, absurdity mixes with tragedy, demystifying the injustices so that the viewer doesn’t feel completely overcome. Best of all, you come away with a more nuanced view of the plights of others and the artists portraying them. Capping off a successful series of tours, talks and even a Pecha Kucha, two of SubRosa’s final events will take place next week — a screening of the documentary Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry, on Wed., Nov. 13, at Tampa Theatre, and a curator’s tour at noon on Thurs., Nov. 14. Admission to USF CAM is free, and art lovers should be thankful for that. SubRosa, like the human lives it addresses, is priceless. More>>

Art Districts Magazine | Interview with Curator Noel Smith Art Districts online interviews SubRosa’s curator, Noel Smith, about why she wanted to bring this show here to Tampa.

Ashley Knight – Why does your selection mainly include artists from peripheral countries? Noel Smith – I really did not think in terms of “peripheral” and “nonperipheral” when I was choosing the works for the show, although I can see why you might ask that. Rather, I was looking for very accomplished artists who, for one reason or another, feel that they must approach their art from a “subrosa” perspective; I was looking for activist artists who have important things to say about political, societal and cultural aspects of their countries that they do not agree with, who encounter resistance, but who nevertheless speak their minds. The germ of the idea, as I indicated in question No. 2, began with art from Cuba and China, so I think that we followed that line. Certainly there are many artists from Western core countries that work with similar ideas and there are, I am sure, more and powerful shows to be done that would be much different from “SubRosa.” More>>

SubRosa: The Language of Resistance August 26 – December 7, 2013  USF Contemporary Art Museum
SubRosa: The Language of Resistance
August 26 – December 7, 2013
USF Contemporary Art Museum

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