Words of Caution
Gallery by Alanna Styer
Featuring portraits of a variety of New York based women
March 14, 2018, 6:30 pm
Tickets sold at the door $15 general admission, $5 student/senior/artist
An exploration of the words of caution that are passed down matrilineally (woman to woman). These cautions and rules are interwoven with other more general advice. They are slipped into conversations as we are driving, cooking, walking, and working together. They become normative.
To break these rules is to put yourself in danger, to be punished. Not punished legally but, physically harassed, assaulted, and abused. Punished because as a woman, you have taken up too much space, claimed too much power, or owe something to the system.
By cautioning the next generation of women are we enforcing the idea that world is not theirs? That it is a "mans world" and that women are guests, and must behave. How do we change these stories and rules to empower women while simultaneously informing them of the dangers that still exist in the world?
Alanna Styer is an artist, activist, and documentary photographer. Styer earned her BFA in photography from Watkins College of Art, Design and Film and is pursuing an MFA at Duke University. Her work focuses on human rights, education, culture and community. www.alannastyer.com