With work by Judy Chicago, Young Joon Kwak, MPA, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ellen Lesprance, Joiri Minaya, Cauleen Smith, Faith Wilding, Paula Wilson, and Carmen Winant
Staying With the Trouble is a group exhibition that proposes strategies and coping mechanisms for navigating the current political and socio-economic climate -a climate that seems to be simultaneously slipping backwards into the archaic and forwards into the apocalyptic. Each of the artists in Staying With the Trouble, occupy practices that are web-like in their references and positioned to challenge histories, past and projected, to engage with the immediate. Often drawing on world-building strategies and from the landscape they dwell in, the works that make up the exhibition embrace concepts of science fiction, intersectionality and utopia through humor, performance, mythology and re-presentations of femininity and sexuality. Staying With the Trouble considers taking the hard road of learning to ‘stay with the trouble,’ of engaging with a new paradigm of the present. The exhibition title is a direct reference to ecofeminist Donna Haraway’s 2016 book, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, in which she calls for new ways of non-linear thinking in a day and age when old ones are clearly failing. The act of staying with the trouble asks a people to put forth new stories, and redefine family and economies in the immediate, rather than dwell on the fate of the Future.