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Losing Yourself in the 21st Century, an Exhibition at MAP Now On View

Two MICA alumni featured in multimedia exhibition

Posted 01.20.10

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, A Short History: Starring Asme as Herself

MICA alumna Milana Braslavsky '05 (painting) and MICA instructor Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum '07 (Mount Royal School of Art) are featured artists in the multimedia exhibition, Losing Yourself in the 21st Century, hosted by Maryland Art Place. There will be a series of public events, including performance pieces, workshops and talks, from Thursday, Feb. 4 to Saturday, March 27, with an opening reception on Feb. 4 at 5 p.m.

"Web-based media allow us to establish flexible and diverse notions of self and community through social networking and blogs," the Losing Yourself Web site states. "At the same time, these technologies regulate new spheres of conduct--obliging us to assume multiple identities with individual user names and passwords. Within this context, traditional distinctions between private and public, self-empowerment and self-surveillance, consumerism and activism have dissolved. A loss of 'self' has become somewhat inevitable. ... How, we ask, are young women artists negotiating this terrain? How are they approaching the subject of identity and self-representation in the 21st century?"

The losingyourself.com site addresses many of these questions and invites postings by female artists from around the country, forming an online dialogue.

The artists selected for the Losing Yourself exhibition are diverse in both concept and technique, their works reimagine, reconfigure and recontextualize the contemporary self from a gendered point of view.

Other exhibitors include: Katherine Behar, New York; Amber Boardman, New York; Kate Hers, Berlin/LA; Noelle Mason, Tampa; Shana Moulton, Brooklyn; Renetta Sitoy, Bay Area, Calif.; Amber Hawk Swanson, New York; Stacia Yeapanis, Chicago; and Saya Woolfalk, New York. With public performances by Susan Lee-Chun, Miami [MAP] and Ali Prosch, Los Angeles [GSU].

Curators of the exhibition are Cathy Byrd, executive director, Maryland Art Place; Jillian Hernandez, doctoral student, women's and gender studies, Rutgers University; and Susan Richmond, assistant professor of art history, GSU Welch School of Art & Design.

The Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts, along with community, corporate and foundation supporters of Maryland Art Place, provide funding for MAP's presentation of Losing Yourself exhibition and programming.

Image credit: Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, A Short History: Starring Asme as Herself, animation, 2007.

Losing Yourself

Exhibition on view at Maryland Art Place, 8 Market Place, Suite 100

Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb. 4, 5 p.m.

Blog site: losingyourself.com