FORCE: on the Culture of Rape
Opening Reception: October 7, 7pm-10pm
Closing November 12, 13, 14 6-8pm with DARB TV at 8pm
Exhibition Dates: October 7, 2010-November 14, 2010

Current Space, is proud to present FORCE: on the Culture of Rape, curated by Rebecca Nagle and Hannah Brancato.

“The ordinary response to atrocities is to banish them from consciousness. Certain violations of the social compact are too terrible to utter out loud. This is the meaning of the word: unspeakable.” – Judith Herman

If we are too uncomfortable to talk about rape, how can we ever process sexual violence in a way that lets individuals heal and challenges our culture to progress?

FORCE: on the Culture of Rape is a collection of art, performance, discussion, and critique about unwanted sexual experience. The show promotes a critical dialogue about how our attitudes towards gender, sex, power and violence are played out on people’s bodies. In bearing witness to the survivors of sexual violence, FORCE creates a safe and healing space.

If we are going to prevent rape, we need a conversation that goes beyond “Rape is wrong”. We need to place the personal crisis within its cultural context. We need to ask ourselves complicated and difficult questions about what in our society and in ourselves produces sex as violence.

FORCE: on the Culture of Rape will be on view from October 7, 2010 – November 14, 2010, with an opening reception on October 7 from 7-10pm; closing reception on November 14 from 6-8pm, with DARB TV’s final performance at 8pm.

Participating artists: Rahne Alexander, Matilda Bernstein Sycamore, Gina Carducci, Theresa Columbus, Cecelia Condit, Jessica Delfino, Rebecca Di Meo, Dynasty Handbag, Chris Ferrera, Carrie Fucile, the Firefly Collective, Ulf Kristiansen, Sarah McCann, New Lens, Aaron Oldenburg, Robby Rackleff, Martin Figueroa-Ramirez, Mason Ross, PuppeTyranny, Evelin Stermitz, and Angie Young