Show Statement There are emotional attachments to benefiting from racial privilege and this show asked artists to contemplate what those benefits are personally. Stepping into the dominant racial narrative is a script available to most Americans, but in no way is it equal. The show is not a celebration of whiteness; instead it’s asking what are the opportunity costs attached to capitalizing on dominance. Anger, amusement, hope, confusion, shame, envy, and maybe even pride play a role when we are able to take advantage in ways not always available to everyone equally. A thorough examination of how we personally benefit when we step into narratives of privilege is necessary if we want to create new scripts in how we navigate racially. Scarily, this means we have to sometimes stop congratulating ourselves and get a bit more introspective.
White Pride? is a 2 month group show with 14 artists participating, 7 in December 2012 for part 1 and 7 in January 2013 for part 2.