MOCA Tucson is proud to present The Relevance of Your Data, an exhibition featuring fourteen new large-scale paintings by Grace Rosario Perkins commissioned by MOCA for her first solo museum exhibition. Perkins invited a group of artists close to her to participate in the show through artworks and performances––Lonnie Holley, Fox Maxy, Olen Perkins, and Eric-Paul Riege. Connected by friendship, kinship, and process-based creation, Perkins and her collaborators approach artmaking as a path to collective healing.
The exhibition’s title refers to the insidious ways personal data is used to categorize an individual’s identity in order to ascribe value or erase relevance––practices that are particularly harmful to people of color. The artists in the show seek to build solidarity between Black and Indigenous makers, and use techniques like abstraction, collage, and improvisation to rewire reductive categories.