Remote Castration is a group exhibition that reflects on the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements and how they resonate with trajectories of feminist thought in contemporary art. The exhibition’s title is derived from a piece of graffiti—spotted in L.A. in fall of 2017—that serves as both provocation and barometer for a collective consciousness operating around gender and power today. While marking a paradigm shift in outdated systems of authority, the present outing of sexual misconduct and abuse of power (on a scale and frequency unlike any before) has raised important questions around social behavior, sexuality, ethics, truth, desire, repression, language, selfhood, and privilege. Remote Castration rubs all around these terms.
This exhibition will be accompanied by a related series of events this September. Events include the launch of Futura/No Futura, a new collection of 26 broadsheets featuring concrete poetry by women artists, published by LAXART; a lecture on sculpture and reproductive rights by artist and lawyer Ragen Moss; performance by Daniel T. Gaitor-Lomack; and more. Please check laxart.org for a full listing.
Founded in 2005, LAXART is one of Los Angeles' premiere alternative venues. A platform for emerging and under recognized talent, its mission has expanded to encompass thematic exhibitions that engage with key issues of our times.