Summer 2018 Programming At The WCCW: Control

May 2018–July 2018

When we think about the tension between coercion and consent, we often point to the cultural forces that shape our lives: the ways that women and femmes are socialized to be accommodating; the rigidity and persistence of social hierarchies; the cultural narratives that normalize domination, objectification, and abuse of power and privilege (injustices we’re so used to that many don’t seem to recognize them as injustices at all). For some of us, compliance with these narratives is unthinking, automatic. We consent to things we aren’t sure we want. We’re willing participants in capitalism, ableism, whiteness, class and language hierarchies, rape culture, and the gender binary — systems that count on our reluctance to say “no.”

We’ll be joined by artist in residence Yasmine Diaz, whose work addresses themes of gender, bicultural identity, memory, family honor, and shame—highlighted most pointedly through the medium of collage.

This quarter, we attempt to name the ways that we negotiate with power and add to the #metoo conversation about consent. Which experiences, identities, and collective practices might we refuse if given the opportunity? In what ways do we resist abuses of power? What would it feel like to have autonomy over our bodies? How do we learn to assert ourselves and to hold boundaries? What does it mean to take control?

May

Show-Thyself-duo

ARTIST: Show Thyself!

Sunday, May 6, 2-6pm
Presented by Jibz Cameron
$36 Members / $45 Regular

Get-SelfishCollageduo

Get Selfish: Collage Night with Yasmine Diaz

Wednesday, May 9, 7-9:30pm
Hosted by artist in residence Yasmine Diaz
$5 Suggested Donation  / RSVP

Feminist-Manifesto-duo

Feminist Manifesto
Writing Workshop

Sunday, May 20, 2–6pm
Presented by Linda Ravenswood
$12 Members/$15 Regular

self-portrait-duo

Healing Through Self Portrait: A Frida Inspired Painting Workshop

Friday, May 25, 7–9:30pm   
Presented by Darlene Valencia
$40 Members / $50 Regular