Box Braid Chandelier #1, 2018 14 x 28in

Box Braid Chandelier #1, 2018
14 x 28in

 Box Braid Chandelier #2, 2018 16 x 26in

Box Braid Chandelier #2, 2018
16 x 26in

 
 
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 Family Photo, 2011

Family Photo, 2011

 
 
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 Learning Korean, 2015

Learning Korean, 2015

 
 
 Hair Products, 2018

Hair Products, 2018

 200 Pounds of Rice: Audio Transcription, 2017

200 Pounds of Rice: Audio Transcription, 2017

 
 
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Dana Davenport: 긴장 (that’s why I get so tired now)
Curated by Nanette Orly
Seventh Gallery
22 November – 14 December 2018

The title of this exhibition is derivative of a real-life conversation Davenport has had with her mother. It references a tension, the inability to relax and the pressure placed upon her family to defy social constructs that surround Blackness in a country that adheres to and reveres white ideals. This tension – this 긴장 (ginjang) – is explored through various mediums in Davenport’s artistic practice. She has created her own unique framework of self, one that resists categorization and is explored using her own body, hair as a proxy for her body, text and language. In sharing her experiences, Davenport attempts to debunk national and racial constructs that seek to exotify and disjoin Black and Asian camaraderie and states that we are more akin than we have been led to live and believe. 긴장 (that’s why I get so tired now) is Davenport’s first solo exhibition in Australia, curated by Nanette Orly.