Curated by Yulia Tikhonova ‎

November 20th, 2019 – January 1st, 2020

Opening Reception: November. 20, 2019 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Location: Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, John Jay College,  860 11th Avenue, New York, NY

Who is a citizen? Who is granted citizenship and who is denied it? Just how inalienable are the rights of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” as they are apportioned in contemporary America? These are the questions that are confronted head-on by the exhibition Citizen?  Inspired by Claudia Rankine’s book, Citizen: An American Lyric, this exhibit explores the contemporary landscape of citizenship granted or withheld. It is the product of a group of “citizen-artists” who are heirs to a long tradition of artists speaking truth to power. They have accepted the challenge to understand the many meanings and interpretations of the word citizen.

Participating artists include: Gina Adams, Tanya Aguiñiga, Courtney Bowles,  Maria Gaspar, Vanessa German, Karen Finley, Stephanie Hightower, Karlito Miller-Espinosa, Sherrill Roland, Paul Rucker, Mark Strandquist, Stephanie Syjuco, Hank Willis Thomas.

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Photo still from Ambos film Grapple