To have “skin in the game” is to have a personal stake in a competitive endeavor, placing assets at risk, win or lose. For Black folk in this game we call America, the asset risked is the body itself ¬ its physical being and cultural identity.
Curated by Brent Holmes, Skin in the Game presents works by twelve artists working during this time of unrest that challenge mainstream assumptions of Black identity and artistic practice.
Their pieces range from experiments in Afrofuturism and Afropunk to street portraiture, abstraction, exercises in queer humor, and the appropriation of minstrelsy. Media includes video and animation, performance video, VR (virtual reality), painting, photography, and sculpture.
The artists featured are Crackhead Barney, Q’shaundra James, Cat Jones, Karla Lagunas, Antwane Lee, AJ McClenon, Mark Steven Greenfield, Carlos Ramirez, Se7en Captures, Lance L. Smith, and duo Jason Woodberry and Marcus Kiser.
Although focusing primarily on Black voices, Skin in the Game includes artists of various ethnicities and backgrounds who show solidarity and commitment to the cause of racial justice.
The exhibition will launch online as a virtual exhibition with the intention to open doors to view the works in-person in Palos Verdes Art Center’s galleries, COVID mandates permitting. Zoom events will be announced providing discussion with the artists.
For additional information, visit the website at https://pvartcenter.org/.