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Real and Imagined: Fabric Works and Video Animations by Heidi Kumao

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When

September 15 – December 4, 2020

Where

Hybrid Event

Stamps Gallery
201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
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Exhibition
Open to the public
Free of charge

Stamps Gallery is pleased to present Real and Imag­ined: Fab­ric Works and Video Ani­ma­tions, a solo exhi­bi­tion of nar­ra­tive fab­ric works and exper­i­men­tal ani­ma­tions by Stamps Pro­fes­sor Heidi Kumao.

Using fab­ric cutouts and machine and hand stitch­ing on indus­trial felt, Kumao gives phys­i­cal form to the intan­gi­ble dynam­ics under­ly­ing ordi­nary con­ver­sa­tions and rela­tion­ships from a fem­i­nist per­spec­tive. Inten­tion­ally min­i­mal, each image dis­tills an inter­ac­tion, trau­matic inci­dent, or power imbal­ance into an acces­si­ble visual nar­ra­tive. Rec­og­niz­able objects such as chairs, roots, lad­ders, or spot­lights set the stage for the story to unfold. Events are cap­tured mid­stream, sus­pended in time like a felt film still.

The exhi­bi­tion is inspired, in part, by the courage, tes­ti­mony, and expe­ri­ences of women (like Chris­tine Blasey Ford) who pub­licly report assault, harass­ment, or mis­con­duct. The #MeToo move­ment gave voice to thou­sands of women to tell their per­sonal sto­ries, but also exposed a hos­tile back­lash meant to silence them. The title, Real and Imag­ined,” is a delib­er­ate con­tra­dic­tion; if one is true, the other must not be. In prac­tice, how­ever, both terms are used to ref­er­ence a woman’s tes­ti­mony and deter­mine how it is pub­licly inter­preted. Her account is accepted as truth­ful by many and simul­ta­ne­ously dis­missed as imag­i­nary by the court of pub­lic opin­ion: her mem­ory is wrong,” she imag­ined it.”

The works in Real and Imag­ined: Fab­ric Works and Video Ani­ma­tions” make dif­fi­cult con­ver­sa­tions and rela­tion­ships tan­gi­ble by strip­ping them down to their essentials.

Word­less phys­i­cal ges­tures high­light the psy­cho­log­i­cal and emo­tional forces at play behind even the small­est of interactions.

Biog­ra­phy

Heidi Kumao has cre­ated award-win­ning exper­i­men­tal films, video instal­la­tions, cin­ema machines, elec­tronic cloth­ing, and kinetic sculp­tures. She has exhib­ited her work in solo and group exhi­bi­tions nation­ally and inter­na­tion­ally includ­ing shows at Art Sci­ence Museum Sin­ga­pore, Cen­tre de Cul­tura Con­tem­porà­nia de Barcelona, Fun­dació Joan Miró (Barcelona), and Museu da Imagem e do Som (São Paulo). She has received fel­low­ships from the Cre­ative Cap­i­tal Foun­da­tion, the Guggen­heim Foun­da­tion, and the New York Foun­da­tion for the Arts. She is a pro­fes­sor at the Stamps School of Art & Design at the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan.

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Stamps Gallery

201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
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Hours
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fol­low­ing U-M health and safety guidelines, Stamps Gallery is currently only open to University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students with valid M-Cards on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm. All visitors must have a valid M-Card to enter Stamps Gallery. We are unable to welcome the general public to this space at this time.

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