Visual Tensions | Séan Alonzo Harris, Letting Yourself Go | Philip Brou, Pa | Maine College of Art,
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Event: Visual Tensions | Séan Alonzo Harris, Letting Yourself Go | Philip Brou, Pa

Presented by: Maine College of Art
Maine College of Art, Portland

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MECA is located in the heart of the Portland's Art District. The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art (ICA) features leading edge exhibitions and public programs that showcase new perspectives and trends in contemporary art. Open Wed-Sun 11am to 5pm, Thurs 11am to 7pm and First Fridays until 8pm. Admission is free. The College offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Master of Fine Arts, a Post-Baccalaureate in Art Education and Continuing Studies for adults and youth. The Joanne Waxman Library and the Institute of Contemporary Art are free and open to the public.


This collective exhibition showcases three individual solo exhibitions in the shared space of the ICA.

Visual Tensions | Séan Alonzo Harris, Letting Yourself Go | Philip Brou, Parasitic Honeyshoes | Greta Bank

On View through April 26, 2019

This collective exhibition showcases three individual solo exhibitions in the shared space of the ICA. Visual Tensions is a collaborative photography project that brings community members together with members of law enforcement. African American photographer Séan Alonzo Harris will create photographic portraits as a means to foster relationships and build bridges between people of color with members of law enforcement. The project will provide a platform to cultivate mutual respect and transform our images and perceptions of others.

Letting Yourself Go is a new project by Philip Brou investigating ideas of selfhood and the human condition. The project began as a critical examination of the famous story of Polyphemus, the cyclops from Homer’s Odyssey. In Odysseus’ epic journey to return home, he and his men are held captive in Polyphemus’ cave. As part of a plan to free himself, Odysseus concocts a lie: he tells Polyphemus that his name is Nemo, which translates to Nobody. The presence of the Nobody, as a persona used to escape captivity and confront the ego, is a concept at the core of Brou’s project.

Bank’s Parasitic Honeyshoes is a wide reaching visual essay implying the possession and corruption of the material and spirit world. This is a testimony to the parasitic nature of whiteness within the human species, portraying the culture of cannibalism that sustains a hierarchy consuming all energy. This narrative is staged in the macro and micro scale, placing the viewer as both smaller and larger than the frame rewarded. Capitalism is a spiritual crisis for all species.
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This collective exhibition showcases three individual solo exhibitions in the shared space of the ICA.

Visual Tensions | Séan Alonzo Harris, Letting Yourself Go | Philip Brou, Parasitic Honeyshoes | Greta Bank

On View through April 26, 2019

This collective exhibition showcases three individual solo exhibitions in the shared space of the ICA. Visual Tensions is a collaborative photography project that brings community members together with members of law enforcement. African American photographer Séan Alonzo Harris will create photographic portraits as a means to foster relationships and build bridges between people of color with members of law enforcement. The project will provide a platform to cultivate mutual respect and transform our images and perceptions of others.

Letting Yourself Go is a new project by Philip Brou investigating ideas of selfhood and the human condition. The project began as a critical examination of the famous story of Polyphemus, the cyclops from Homer’s Odyssey. In Odysseus’ epic journey to return home, he and his men are held captive in Polyphemus’ cave. As part of a plan to free himself, Odysseus concocts a lie: he tells Polyphemus that his name is Nemo, which translates to Nobody. The presence of the Nobody, as a persona used to escape captivity and confront the ego, is a concept at the core of Brou’s project.

Bank’s Parasitic Honeyshoes is a wide reaching visual essay implying the possession and corruption of the material and spirit world. This is a testimony to the parasitic nature of whiteness within the human species, portraying the culture of cannibalism that sustains a hierarchy consuming all energy. This narrative is staged in the macro and micro scale, placing the viewer as both smaller and larger than the frame rewarded. Capitalism is a spiritual crisis for all species.
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