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COLORISM: The spectrum of internalized bias


  • Root Division 1131 Mission Street San Francisco, CA, 94103 United States (map)

Curated by: 

D.E. Stenvoll-Wells / Programs Coordinator: Julia Zeuli 

2nd Sat Reception: 

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Exhibition Dates: 

Jul 11, 2019 to Aug 10, 2019

Gallery Hours (or by appointment): 

Wednesday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Colorism: The Spectrum of Internalized Bias analyzes the phenomenon of appearance-based discrimination within the same racial or ethnic groups through contemporary media including photography, installation, animation, video and performance art. 

This exhibition aims to compile artists' responses to this form of implicit bias as an educational tool towards combating intra-racial prejudice. Questioning the very basis of modern-day racial categorizations, this exhibition reveals how colorism can be a component of inherited self-hatred and pursuit of unattainable beauty standards, as well as prejudice against those of non-white and hybrid ancestries. 

Influenced by her continued research on the impact of colorism, curator D.E. Stenvoll-Wells explores how colorism contributes to tensions between minority groups, which prevents the unity required to combat divisive rhetoric. Colorism: The Spectrum of Internalized Bias aims to unpack the consequences of racial constructs to envision a future free of bias and cultural hierarchies and move towards a hybrid future. 

As part of this exhibition’s public programming and facilitated by Wells, Root Division will partner with academic institutions including the University of San Francisco and additional East Bay community arts programs.

Earlier Event: October 25
The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi