For my practice as a curator I most often exhibit work that moves me from artists that I admire. From my first studio visit with Satpreet Kahlon, I could see that we get down with some of the same things. She speaks her mind by saying, making, threading, cutting, burning things most people don't want to hear, see, smell or touch. Her work references time and memory, a wrestling to own ones personal narrative, the body vs. colonization and the white gaze - concepts that we must come back to again and again as history seems determined to repeat itself. We obviously share a love of conceptually driven work, like that of Eva Hesse and Doris Salcedo, which speaks to Kahlon's vision of conceptual art making that is personal and political. An advocate for social change and educator, this much needed artist is the one to watch. Catch her drift while you can, Seattle. I am looking forward to spending gallery days swooning about her.
From the artist:
"During my residency at Twilight, I will be using the gallery space as a venue for the methodical, painstaking process of decolonizing my body. I intend on doing this in two ways.
The first is through a series of meditative, repetitive practices that will involve fiber, garments, and paper. These exercises will encourage the unlearning of various narratives that I have continuously been told, and have believed, about both myself and those who look like me.
The second part of my process will be to invite women of color to come into the space and share their stories and experiences with me, which I will document and meditate on. These stories will be used to replace the old narratives that I kept alive within myself -- I will replace the colonizing white gaze with stories told by, about, and for women of color.
My story and experience is not unique, and I hope to use the privilege of the time and space given to me at Twilight to foster an environment of dialogue and discussion with like-minded women, so that we may heal and move forward together."
Satpreet Kahlon is an artist and educator who is currently based in Seattle, WA. With two BFAs (one in Studio Art, the other in Art Education), Satpreet hopes to serve as an advocate for positive social change within her community, both as an artist and as an educator. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography in Cape Town, and Tipton Gallery in Johnson City, TN. She is currently the ArtBridge Fellow at Pratt Fine Arts Center, and has been the recipient of many awards, including a Windgate Fellowship to attend Penland School of Craft and an Individual Artist Grant from 4Culture.