What: Pioneer Works and photographer Robyn Hasty present “Z”

When: Opening Reception: Thursday June 11 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
On View: June 11 – July 12

Where: Pioneer Works, Center for Art and Innovation, 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn

What: Z is an exhibition of unique, glass plate portraits by American photographer Robyn Hasty. The selection of portraits in Z are both canonical and enigmatic; formally classical compositions that subtly challenge gender-binary conventions by disorienting the perception of how gender is expressed and embodied. The title of the exhibition refers to a proposed gender-neutral pronoun.

Working with transgender, cisgender, and a spectrum of genderqueer and gender nonconforming individuals, Hasty’s work deconstructs the rigid, often limiting representation of the nude body in search of a more diverse, fluid identity. Hasty’s subjects defiantly gaze directly at the viewer, inverting the traditional role of the photographer’s gaze by challenging the viewer to question their own boundaries and definitions. As a result, the series evokes connection while also being deeply transgressive, straddling a line between vulnerability and empowerment that defines Hasty’s process.

More Information: http://pioneerworks.org/exhibitions/

About Pioneer Works: Pioneer Works (www.pioneerworks.org) is a platform for innovation in contemporary arts and an incubator for cross-disciplinary collaboration. Founded in Red Hook by artist Dustin Yellin.