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By Saniya More SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — A sculpture of a black girl holding a while Barbie. A looped video of a woman getting slapped. A ceramic figure of a woman holding a protest sign.
These are just a few of the pieces one can view at a new exhibit hosted by ArtRage gallery in Syracuse.
The exhibit, titled “Seen and Heard,” commemorates the centennial anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement in New York. Gallery organizer Kimberly McCoy said there is a special value in recognizing the work being done to combat gender inequality today.
“It’s a hundred years after women have won the right to vote, but is women’s equality really realized?” she said at the gallery.
The Seen and Heard exhibit showcases work from seventeen local women artists. Art pieces come in a variety of mediums, from fiber art and sculpturing, to video and photography, to quilt-work and ceramic art.
‘Beauty and the Lake’ is one such featured work by Lisa Brasier, an art photographer. According to her artist statement, her work explores perceptions of beauty and aging.
“Women are an integral part of life, in fact, they are the origin of life.” she said over a phone interview. “Throughout all stages of their life, they are important, whether they’re just beginning or ending.”
Brasier said she believes art exhibits like this one don’t just raise awareness about the struggles women have faced in the past, but also about issues that still plague society today, like domestic abuse, inequality in the workplace, and skewed beauty standards.
Because of this, the exhibit has garnered positive feedback from the public, according to McCoy.
“Many people appreciate that the exhibit features local artists from the area,” she added.
The Seen and Heard exhibit is free to the public and will be on display until October 21.