KIJA LUCAS: A Taxonomy Of Belonging
SF CameraworkThrough Dec 17th
Fort Mason Center For Arts & Culture’s new resident organization SF Camerawork presents KIJA LUCAS: The Taxonomy of Belonging. The exhibit includes work from Lucas’s nine-year project In Search of Home, and consists of photographs of plant clippings, rocks, and other objects that explore the emigration patterns of her family, and Carl Linnaeus’s racial taxonomy.
The Taxonomy of Belonging questions how the scientific frameworks society has inherited from Linnaeus misrepresents Othered communities, while specifically addressing the invention of race in his taxonomy of man. This racist categorization of human beings perpetuates stereotypes and continues to be used widely today.
Lucas challenges the frameworks of scientific categorization and the resulting implications of belonging found within the language of “native” and “non-native” plant species. With these works, the artist interrogates how we choose what is considered “natural,” “beautiful,” and “useful.”
The Taxonomy of Belonging is on view in SF Camerawork’s new gallery space in Building A from Saturday, September 17, 2022 to Saturday, December 17, 2022. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 12:00 p.m. (Noon) to 6:00 p.m.; Friday, 12:00 p.m. (Noon) to 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The opening reception with Kija Lucas the artist takes place on Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. An artist talk happens on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. (Noon).