Open from 6-28th May, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday May 6 2017. 7-9 PM
Location: Art Haven gallery
Gallery hours: By request
Poetry night: TBA
ULAFA’A INITIATIVE is pleased to present by the book, a group show by on view at Art Haven gallery.
By the book highlights the structures that dictate everyday issues; the written or implied rules books of social behavior. Individuals are cultured through books given to them, and the way their immediate environment functions. These frameworks tell us what is acceptable and what is not, ideally to create order. Singular subjectivity steps out of a collective symbolic order, and refuses to fit into a composed whole. If one were to break away from the collective pattern; act differently, think differently, it creates resistance. These artists critically analyze the rule books of their societies, and where the line is drawn between benefit and regulation, to control and conformity; and traditions to misconceptions.
By the book questions the things we should and shouldn’t do.
The spaces we should or shouldn’t occupy.
What to destroy, and what to preserve.
The way we should and shouldn’t dress.
When we should speak, when to hold our tongues.
When to be part of a society, and when to be an individual.
We question the books we choose to go by.