BOdyBody, body, bodies
June 7–28, 2014

SOMArts Cultural Center

Body…wanna feel my body?
Body…such a thrill my body
Body…wanna touch my body?
Body…it’s too much my body
Check it out my body, body.
Don’t you doubt my body, body.
talkin’ bout my body, body,
check it out my body
Village People

In keeping with this year’s 2014 NQAF theme, “Body Politic/s,” and considering the Bay Area’s long history of political engagement, we asked artists to pay special attention to the politics of the body as well as the body politic.

For those who are denied access to traditional political means, or for those who voluntarily reject this, artists have used their own bodies as sites of political transformation or contestation. Whether it is in performance art, installation, film/video, photography, or traditional media such as painting and drawing, artists use bodies (their own and others) as site, metaphor, and catalyst for change.