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May 2023


Body As Site | Sight

Enas Satir, Amber GM, Paula Mans, Chelsea Flowers


Opening Reception
Friday, May 5
7 – 10 p.m.

Artist Bio

Enas Satir is a Toronto-based Sudanese artist. Her art is focused on political art, issues of race, blackness and African identity. Her work is inspired by the beauty and complexity of her country, Sudan.

Paula Mans is a self-taught painter, collagist, and art educator based in Washington, DC. While Paula is a native Washingtonian, she spent many of the formative years of her childhood and young adulthood living abroad in Tanzania, Mozambique, Eswatini, and Brazil. Her experiences throughout the African Diaspora shaped her identity and informed the development of her artistic voice. Living in Washington, DC and Salvador, Brazil has been particularly impactful for the artist. Both cities are diasporic meccas for Black cultural expression. DC (often referred to as Chocolate City) and Salvador (sometimes called Roma Negra, or Black Rome in Portuguese) are famous for their prominent and influential Black populations. Nonetheless, racism and gentrification often render Black people invisible in both cities. Paula Mans seeks to critically address these pervasive power structures by amplifying the visibility and agency of the Black figure in her artistic practice. Her work has been curated into group shows in Washington, DC, Baltimore, and New York.

Artist Bio

Amber GM is a young woman defined by emotion. As she navigates life, trying to find the path that suits her best, Amber is constantly drawn towards creative expression as a mode of survival. Amber is grateful to all the experiences and wonderful people that she has known, that continue to be integral in shaping her into someone who pursues their passions fearlessly. Amber has dabbled in a number of artistic mediums, from drawing and painting to prose and poetry. Her only objective in her artistry is organic creation and authentic representation.

Chelsea A. Flowers is an artist who holds an MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and a BFA from Denison University in studio art, with a concentration in Black Studies. She has shown work and performed at various galleries including; ACRE Projects Space (Chicago, IL), Red Bull Arts (Detroit, MI), Roots and Culture (Chicago, IL), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), The Sculpture Center (Cleveland, OH), Trout Museum of Art (Appleton, WI), The Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry (Chicago, IL), Torrance Museum (Torrance, CA), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, (Detroit, MI). 

She has expanded her skills and research by attending ACRE (Steuben, WI), Ox-Bow School of Arts and Artist Residency (Saugatuck, MI), Real Time and Space (Oakland, CA) residencies. And is an alum of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her practice explores subversion to popular culture, how “otherness” is created through social and cultural critique of her environment. She explores these ideas through comedic tropes, physical play, nostalgic memorabilia, and participatory performance.

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