Image Gallery is pleased to announce the opening for Transparency, a group exhibition that explores themes of mental health through creative expression. By engaging viewers in these issues, the show aims to create an open and accepting space for questioning, meaningful conversation, and complete transparency, so as to normalize and represent those whose experiences with mental health influences their work and daily lives.
The show consists of eighteen artists whose navigation through their own experiences of mental health issues bring personal voices forth in order to inform conversations about depression, anxiety, P.T.S.D, trauma, etc. The show serves to form a collective consciousness of understanding between both artists and viewers. By making these artists and their work visible, Transparency's ultimate goal is to create a space of acceptance and understanding, to normalize and represent the voices of those who have experienced shame, guilt, and silence from an otherwise unreceptive society.
Curated by Demi Vera and Hali Linn Whelan.
Demi Vera is a documentary photographer with a BFA in Photography and Cultural Anthropology from Purchase College State University. She has curated 9 shows in NYC and has showcased in 12 group shows. Based in New York Demi’s work explores cultural implications, societal norms and documents its effects on the human psyche.
Hali Linn Whelan (b. 1987) is a New York based artist whose work has been exhibited in the United States and Italy. She received her BFA from Oklahoma State University and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.