Our identities are endlessly complicated — a strange mix of our own personal insecurities and ambitions, combined with the pressures of a society projecting its insecurities and ambitions onto us. Especially in a year with little distraction, we’ve been forced to sit with ourselves in months-long isolation, reflecting on who we are, what we’ve been and ways we can possibly adapt moving forward.
At Los Angeles’ Kohn Gallery, an exhibition titled myselves attempts to wrestles with these complicated intersections through the works of 27 contemporary artists. Curator Joshua Friedman considered everything that impacts the self — gender, race, sexuality and national identity — in order to pull together pieces that “examine the ways in which identity is structured or fabricated.”
Below, a selection of the artists featured in myselves speak more on how their work reflects the exhibition’s themes and the role of an artist in 2020.