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Saturday, August 27, 2005

RACE Matters

RACE (Enter Personal Politics) just opened at the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art in Athens, GA. Curated by Drék Davis, the show strikes a perfect balance of savage wit and poignant social commentary. Interestingly, one of the pieces in the show is caught up in a shitstorm of controversy. "Missing Stereotypes" by Richard Lou and Bill Fisher was slated to be shown in Gainesville, GA at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, but was censored by the board. When the artist protested their decisions, all of his pieces were removed from the show, which focused on Hispanic artists. The piece depicted Runaway Bride Jennifer Wilbanks in between pictures of Lucille Balland Desi Arnez, which comments on Wilbanks' claim that she was abducted and sexually assaulted by a hispanic male and a white woman. Lou and Fisher distributed tortillas silkscreened with images of the Runaway Bride at the show. The artists are hopping mad. The story received coverage by national radio and the Associated Press, and the duo are planning protests at the gallery in Gainesville. If you would like more information, please contact Richard Lou. Richard Lou also exhibited three large scale photos of himself and Robert Sanchez as Hispanic Anthropologists discovering and capturing a white suburban couple foraging in the woods. Please check out the exhibition, which is up through October 23rd.



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