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Melanie Manos: “Truing” Solo Exhibition at SimoneDeSousa Gallery

January 9, 2019

Stamps Lecturer Melanie Manos presents Truing, a solo exhibition of performative photos that convey uncertainty, assertiveness and vulnerability at Simone DeSousa Gallery, January 12 – February 23, 2019.  The exhibition opens with a reception on Saturday, January 12, from 6-8 pm.

In this new body of work, with the deliberation of a wrestler, Manos undertook considered and assertive movements utilizing ladders and chains as both partners and foes in improvisational “bouts” that speak to power dynamics, precarity, and the human-technology interface. The objects and actions of this new work recall an active youth playing smash-swings and other arguably aggressive games that Manos embraced and invented while eschewing the term “tom-boy.”

For Manos, the current sexist rhetoric coming from the highest political offices evokes frightening rape-culture experiences and the reality of demoralizing gender bias in domestic, academic and professional environments. Her work continues to forefront these issues through recorded physical acts, fabricated data-driven objects and live performance.

Melanie Manos: Truing
Exhibition Dates: January 12 – February 23, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 12, 6-8 pm
Simone DeSousa Gallery,  444 W. Willis, Detroit, MI 48201

Melanie Manos: “Truing” Solo Exhibition at SimoneDeSousa Gallery