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NOW: 3RD ST.
June  8 -  June 30

AUTONOMY


Curatorial Team:
Eden Chinn
KT Kennedy

Featured Artists:
Ayanna Dozier
Emma Kanne
Lydia Nobles
Christl Stringer
Sharon Stevens
K Sarrantonio
Thank God For Abortion

Opening Reception
June 14th @ 6pm

NEW YORK, NY – All Street Gallery is pleased to present Autonomy – a group exhibition of artworks by Ayanna Dozier, Christl Stringer, Emma Kanne, K Sarrantonio, Lydia Nobles, and Thank God for Abortion. On view from June 8 - 30, 2024, the show explores the intersection of bodily autonomy, reproductive rights, and queer rights. Through a diverse range of mediums and perspectives, the featured artists confront and challenge conventional narratives surrounding sexuality, gender, and reproductive rights, advocating for a more expansive and fluid approach to agency and choice.

Thank God for Abortion, a design and strategy founded in 2015 by artist Viva Ruiz, presents bold costumes used in their demonstrations, as well as video documentation of the group in action. Framing the video piece are chants from their demonstrations, including their annual New York City Pride Parade float, contextualizing the pervasive need for abortion access across socio-economic statuses, sexual orientations, genders. By noting the varied populations that have abortions, the chants give color to an experience that is often flattened. 

Also on view is the inaugural piece from Lydia Nobles’ ongoing series entitled As I Sit Waiting, in which she documents peoples’ abortion stories and transforms them into sculptures. The sculpture, Lydia, is a modified Planned Parenthood waiting room chair, on a pedestal that mimics the tiled floor in the clinic. At the center of the chair is a tense, rubber knot, painted fleshy pinks that evoke visceral feelings of suspension and anticipation. 

Ayanna Dozier’s still life photographs, The Artist Must Search Deep Inside Himself for Inspiration (Color) and I Took Your Fuck Personally, address how disparities in testing for sexually transmitted diseases such as HPV disproportionately affect people with uteruses. Further, by preserving ephemera from sexual acts, Dozier points to the simultaneous rigid stigmatization of sexuality, gender imbalances in sexual health, and the existence of sex as an ephemeral act that passes through the body.

K Sarrantonio’s self portrait provides an intimate view into queer domesticity, asserting pregnant people’s ownership over their bodies in a culture that often sees pregnancy as a surrender of agency. Moreover, Sarrantonio’s self portrait, screen printed on ceramic tiles that are individually gridded and mounted on the wall, calls attention to the laboriousness and tediousness of its production process, aptly paralleling the domestic labor associated with parenting. 

Through photography, screenprinting, sculpture, textiles, and painting, Autonomy showcases the diversity of experiences within reproductive health for people with uteruses. Contrary to mainstream cultural, medical, and legal narratives that threaten the right to choice, the exhibition demonstrates that there is no single story that encapsulates such a breadth of experiences, each profound and expansive in their own right. The exhibition invites viewers to share their stories in written form and through workshops to continue generating narratives surrounding reproductive health and expand conceptions of bodily autonomy and its intersectionality. These stories will be composed in an exhibition catalog, with all proceeds being donated to Thank God for Abortion’s community efforts.


About All Street Gallery:

Founded in 2018, All Street NYC presents works by emerging and underrepresented artists whose works demonstrate social engagement and community empowerment. First established as an artist collective and grassroots protest organization by born and raised New Yorkers, All Street NYC is a space that is both created by and for artists. Having deep roots in New York City, the gallery and collective share a background in public art and activations as a means of creative protest and resistance. Such socially engaged work has carried into their gallery space as they opened their doors on 77 East Third Street, and as they now open their second location at 119 Hester Street.

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