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Othering in art

I work with a gallery that accepts exhibition proposals from artists, and I've had difficulty explaining to the group which that reviews submissions why I've had issues with certain artists. It's usually white men who have created whole portfolios based on their travels. Often they are gorgeously executed, and show real talent, and depict interesting cultural phenomenon, in a complementary manner. However, it is always the romanticized view of an outsider looking in at something "exotic" and different from their own everyday world. Our arts community does have trouble with a sort of cliquish separation between white artists and artists from other cultural backgrounds. We realize this is an issue and others in the panel judging these submissions feel selecting work like this shows a willingness to be inclusive because of its subject.


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