‘As We Perform It’ exhibition opens at Franklin Street Works


“As We Perform It” — a two-week group exhibition featuring emerging and mid-career artists who explore contemporary approaches to expressing identity — opens at Franklin Street Works in Stamford on Saturday, June 22.

A public reception will be held on Saturday, June 22, 5-8 p.m.

The exhibition, the first by Franklin Street Works’ staff member and Rye, N.Y. resident Sandrine Milet, highlights performance art, painting, video and photography by artists Lisa Fagan, Christina Sukhgian Houle, Kristin Lucas, Erica Magrey, Peter Bonde Becker Nelson, Dani Padgett, Bastienne Schmidt, Devan Shimoyama and Thuan Vu.

“These artists are exploring identity in the 21st century, in a world where were all very connected,” Milet said of the concept behind “As We Perform It.” “With social media and other technologies, we have the ability to be whatever we want to be.”

The following is some additional background on the exhibition, courtesy of Franklin Street Works:

For many decades, especially during the ‘identity politics’ era of the 1980s and 1990s, artists have investigated the self in relation to society, often reclaiming their identity or critiquing related politics and stereotypes. Yet, how are current approaches of expressing identity affected by new modes of communication? “Today, there are so many platforms to express and communicate ourselves that it becomes a constant search and desire to define ourselves to others,” Milet said. “This need and the accompanying confusion many of my peers talk about peaked my interest in how artists deal with these issues.”

Scott Gargan