SPOOKY BOOBS COLLECTIVE is excited to announce their inaugural exhibition, Loud and Clear, an installation in the Hi/Lo Gallery that exposes the cultural prevalence of gender-based microaggressions. Microaggressive behavior is currently being used in the UW-Madison art department as a way to silence anyone challenging the idea that “sexism isn’t a problem here.” SBC is pushing back against this denial through public feminist artworks.
Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership. Microaggressions are often made with the expectation that they will go unchallenged by the intended target or group. Gender-based microaggressive interactions are a symptom of a long-established patriarchal society. They are insidious and cause lasting harm.
The Hi/Lo Gallery is the main elevator that services the art department's 6th and 7th floors. Since microaggressive statements are encountered here on a regular basis and interrupt the productiveness of female artists, it seemed fitting to utilize this confined, public space to mirror back these statements and interrupt the viewers' regular use of the elevator.
Loud and Clear confronts viewers with statements made by students and faculty, men and women, even members of SPOOKY BOOBS COLLECTIVE, within the art department towards female artists. The goal of this work is to make both men and women aware of the language that they use that upholds an environment of inequality that harms everyone. New statements will be added to grow the installation on a weekly basis.
Opening reception and artist talk: Wednesday April 8th, 6-9 pm at the Hi/Lo Gallery.
Free and open to the public. The installation will be continually added to through at least May 2015.
George L. Mosse Humanities Building
455 N Park St