“Pride and Protest,” on display at the DeKalb Area Women’s Center Gallery through July 29, is a four-series collection of works by photographer Amy Shelton that celebrate the pride of queer identity and protest social issues of today.
An artist reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the DAWC Gallery, 1021 State St. in DeKalb. It is free and open to the public.
“Queer Space” (2016-2017) is an ongoing project documenting the interiors of LGBTQIA+ people and emphasizes the importance of safe space for queer youth.
Using techniques from traditional darkroom photography, two works from the series discuss the presentation and expression of gender fluid identities.
“Cyanotype Contraceptives” (2017) is a work dedicated to supporting Planned Parenthood which the photographer believes is a valuable and important service. Shelton made cloth underwear into light sensitive photographic material representing various contraceptive techniques.
“Proud to Be an American” (2017) is a documentation of found objects with a reoccurring flag motif. The flag is used as a symbol often without context and is questioned as a form subconscious nationalism many may not recognize.
The final series presents self-portraits of the artist. Shelton is a genderqueer photographer currently living and working in DeKalb, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art-Design & Media Arts from Northern Illinois University in May. Shelton makes work about a variety of subjects including gender, sexuality, intimacy, photographic history, with a strong emphasis on issues of social change.
The DAWC Gallery is open from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays and by appointment at 815-758-1351 or DeKalbAWC@gmail.com. Free parking is available in the lot one half block south off 11th Street.
The accessible lift may be reached from the alley north of the building.