Social Deviants

Nia M Williams
Oct 15, 2014 8:43PM

This exhibition explores the narrative of the individual within society, and how each deals with the other. There is a struggle between the desires to have our own identity, the desire for acceptance. Our exhibition can be found within this delicate balance. Questioning the social and systematica norms through themes of race, gender, and sexuality, and contrasting these images with singular judgmental figures, the viewer becomes the judge and the judged. What entices someone to step away from the group? One has to confront one’s own individuality as well as one interacts with society’s looming eye. De-familiarization of the social stigmas placed upon individuals is something that is not broadcast to the public through mass media as it should be. This exhibition will questions, explores, and broadens perception of the individual, as well as critique the stance of society as a whole.  

       

This collection of images thrives on the idea of owning one’s individual comfort and taking charge of self-representation. It celebrates the ability to be comfortable in self presentation, despite the expectations of society. When viewers look through this exhibition we want them to consider what they deem to be acceptable or unacceptable. More importantly viewers to think about their own foundations. It is important that this exhibition question not only social norms but also social deviants. The works display a range of narratives along broad social spectrum, from the most outrageous to the picture perfect ideal.

This should be located in a public space with high foot traffic. Here at SCAD we have many buildings that are available to the public in addition to SCAD student, faculty, and staff. Of the buildings to choose from the most ideal building would be Gutstein Gallery on 201 E. Broughton Street here in Savannah, Georgia. The location is is small and intimate so a viewer would not be intimidated by massive white walls, but yet it is big enough to address the issues at hand, and provide an enjoyable experience. The open space will be valuable to allow a free flowing conversation between all the pieces displayed and the viewers.

Nia M Williams