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Didn’t you know what you were carrying on your back?

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Didn’t you know what you were carrying on your back?

Debra Broz, John Collins, Marsian De Lellis, Georganne Deen, Adrienne DeVine, Simone Gad, Janie Geiser, Samantha Harrison, Kathleen Henderson, Mondongo, Elyse Pignolet, Laurie Steelink, Camilla Taylor, Noa Yekutieli, Liz Young


The title of the exhibition is borrowed from Goya’s drawing called “Didn’t you know what you were carrying on your back?” which pictures a rotund Dominican friar pleasantly sitting on the back of a peasant working in a field. Each of the artists included is driven to make works that explore the personal and collective baggage that weighs on human existence. The weight of experiences and histories adds depth and meaning to our lives, but – like a fat friar – too much baggage becomes oppression. It is the obsession of these artists to make meaning of this oppression, to express the inexpressible, and to encode what can’t be spoken.