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(Dis)placed Bodies Exhibition

January 4, 2018January 30, 2018


Details from “City of Islands”

Listen to Dr. Susan Nordstrom from University of Memphis and MCA GEL Corrdinator Melissa Farris talk about the show on WKNO here:

On view from January 4 to January 30, with a reception from 6-8pm on January 26.

“No work is insignificant. All labor uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

In this cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional collaboration, Dr. Susan Nordstrom, Assistant Professor of Educational Research at University of Memphis, O. Gustavo Plascencia, Associate Professor and Director of the MFA Programs at Memphis College of Art, and graduate students from both institutions explored how bodies are (dis)placed by intersections between poverty, available jobs with living wages, decent housing, quality education, and justice in Memphis. They define (dis)placed bodies as people who have been shifted by structural economic, racial, sexual, gender inequalities against their will. They use the term (dis)placed bodies to situate how structural inequalities are both embodied and real. This work aims to open up ways to think about, and do the justice to come that has arrived too late for, (dis)placed bodies.

The exhibit was made possible in part by a grant from the City of Memphis.

Exhibition Participants:

Darcie Beeman-Black
Sara L. Benson
Hannah Clevenger
Aaron Matthew Dechant
Sebastian Garcia
Gregory C. Hairston
Nadine R. McLean
Susan Naomi Nordstrom
Alyssa Nucaro
O. Gustavo Plascencia
Mark Rowell
Derwin Sisnett
Leslee Bailey-Tarbett
Charles Taylor
Cat Williams
Lauren Woods


January 4, 2018
January 30, 2018
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Memphis College of Art


Rust Hall – Main Gallery

1930 Poplar Avenue



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