Counterfeit – Featuring Artists Upreyl Mitchell and Sophia Stevenson

December 3, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Watkins Arcade Gallery
1 S Nashville Ave
Ventnor City, NJ 08406

People often conceal their “undesirable” physical and cultural aspects while others take from cultures what they find to be “cool” or “trendy.” These trends are soon commodified and their origins reassigned to their appropriator, who are then praised for their “unique style.” Enhancing, concealing, assimilating, and appropriating become acts of misrepresentation at a surface level. The oppressed will try to assimilate to the dominant in order to be accepted, and their culture will be left vulnerable to exploitation. In order to avoid this cultural theft, when multiple ethnic groups exist in the same place, there is an urge to enforce cultural barriers. The oppressed hope that these barriers will sustain their culture, while the dominant group crosses cultural boundaries because of their inherent entitlement. “Counterfeit” is a show the examines these forces.