New Durham exhibit promotes conversation on reproductive rights and female empowerment – The Daily Tar Heel

The second item in her instillation is a bronze pessary, an early contraceptive device used to control fertility and also enable desire, and the third item is a motherboard from the inside of a computer which uses copper for signals and connections.

Stacy Lynn Waddells work is centered around education as a source of power. She acts as a scientist using non-traditional printing techniques and materials to recreate images in a new light.

Her piece Untitled (Graduate), a gold leaf portrait of a 1960s graduation picture, will be featured in the exhibit. The photo that Waddell has recreated is her godmother's graduation photo. Waddell said that it is seemingly simplistic, but stands as a testament to women of color in a pre-Civil Rights movement.

Education was something that people were denied and had to fight for," Waddell said. "You have to think about what was happening during that time,not just with Black people, but with women, and the specific problems that women had during the feminist movement. Black women are the most educated in America and yet, the same barriers from then (the 1960s) we are still having to break through and make our way to certain levels of success. The needle keeps moving.

Waddell said education is a source of power: If somebody is afforded that then they have that in their arsenal to move through space with.

Stacey Kirby, known for creating interactive experiences, will be also be featuring Civil Presence, an interactive performance.

Since early 2000 I've been creating art performative interactions, I build environments or art installations to interact with me and performers," Kirby said. "Right now I'm focusing on how we as individuals interact with immigration and race and lot of the things that come up for me in this work influence women of color and people of color.

Kirby has created a bureaucratic office installation where people are invited into her office to answer questions in a way that is meant to raise questions and inflict change.

I always hope that people have shift in perspective or question their contribution to their communities or to our country, even when it comes down to policies, Kirby said.

Kirby's piece will be screened in the museum with scheduled live performance times throughout the year.

@JanetAlsas

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