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Uninterrupted by Deborah Roberts

February 1, 2018 - March 17, 2018


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Jenkins Johnson Gallery is pleased to present its first solo exhibition by interdisciplinary artist Deborah Roberts. The show will feature multi-media collages that explore issues faced by black girls and women. The opening reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, February 1, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The exhibition runs from February 1 through March 17, 2018.

Deborah Roberts states, “Having one’s identity dismantled, marginalized and regulated to non-human status demands action. This led me to critically engage image-making in art history and pop-culture, and ultimately grapple with whatever power and authority these images have over the female figure.” By combining found and manipulated photographs with paintings and drawings, Roberts creates female portraits that challenge myths and stereotypes attached to young black girls. The multi-layered faces of Roberts’ figures exemplify the multiplicity and complexities of black identity, while subverting social ideas that seek to homogenize the black female body. Although they are constructed by photographs of famous individuals, such as Michelle Obama, Willow Smith, and Gloria Steinem, the images are cut and altered beyond recognition to create a portrait that adheres to a more universal beauty standard—one inclusive of women of color.



February 1, 2018
March 17, 2018
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Jenkins Johnson Gallery
464 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 United States