Bridge: Art & Social Justice featuring Plates Against Patriarchy
September 6 - September 26
Plates Against Patriarchy is a female organized pottery project that celebrates the resilience of women and endeavors to give voice to women’s stories. By combining visual arts and storytelling, they create thought-provoking pieces that speak to the everyday fight it is to be female. Women too often find ourselves sharing stories of the objectification, misogyny, and sexism we experience. Rather than let these conversations remain unheard, Plates Against Patriarchy decided to utilize their collective skills and strength to create a platform to share their narratives. They wish to live in a world where women do not have to bond over their patriarchal horror stories. Their mission is to honor the lives of women, evoke empathy, and smash the patriarchy one plate at a time.
The Plates Against Patriarchy exhibition showcases portrait plates, narratives, and a collaborative installation honoring unsung women leaders. The Main Gallery showcases stories of over 30 women, alongside the portraits they inspired. In September 2018, the collective began collecting these stories, narratives, and photos of women across the nation via social media. Through a collaborative process, they created handmade porcelain plates honoring each woman and their experience.
The Front Gallery features women nominated by the community as matriarchs, whose work and lives exemplify the power of female leadership. In March 2019, the collective hosted a community glazing workshop at Harwood Art Center’s annual Encompass event. They invited community members to collaborate with them on the installation. Participants of all ages glazed images and messages inspired by the matriarchs of their lives.