Gallery Exhibit: #MaskOutHate
Portland Center Stage will host an art and textile exhibit titled #MaskOutHate in partnership with the community collective of the same name. The exhibit will feature face masks and designs created in collaboration with impacted community members in the Portland area as a response to increased racism experienced by BIPOC communities during the current and ongoing pandemic.
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
Hatred is only one byproduct of the structures that reinforce racism. From 2020-2021, #MaskOutHate was a community-centered project that asked the question: “In the midst of a pandemic, how can masks be leveraged as anti-racist messaging tools for BIPOC folks most impacted by profiling and racist violence?”
We gathered as a group of artists and designers seeking to empower the voices and businesses of communities of color in finding the answer. We held a series of virtual workshops in which artists hosted conversations with their communities, and BIPOC folks came together to brainstorm mask designs that responded to the increased racism experienced by our communities during the pandemic and protests.
Through these workshops, we created income-generating opportunities for artists and designers — to facilitate workshop sessions and translate the ideas generated by community participants into finished graphics — and fabrication partners to make masks that were distributed back into the communities with whom they were created.
This gallery exhibit will be on display in the PGE Gallery. You can preview this exhibition at the First Thursday event on November 3, after which it will be on view daily through December 18, 2022.
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MaskOutHate is about making masks together. But the more we build and strengthen our social fabric, the more possibilities will reveal themselves. And we are in it for the long haul.
COVID-19 won't be around forever (we hope), and at the heart of this project is a vision for the future. A future where Black communities and communities of color thrive in social and economic justice. A future where the strength of our relationships is a launching pad for entrepreneurs and creatives of color to co-design the products, services, and systems our communities need.
Portland Center Stage is committed to identifying & interrupting instances of racism & all forms of oppression, through the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, & accessibility (IDEA).