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an ordinary feeling
April 18-22 Ruffin Gallery

“Disorientation is an ordinary feeling.”

Sarah Ahmed


We often think of the ordinary as what is simple; what is so mundane that we may not even recognize its presence. But in many ways, what we experience in our daily lives is based on the complexity of our individual positions and what is ordinary to some is not necessarily ordinary to all. In experiencing the world in a queer or non-white body, there is a different relationship to the ordinary: what we notice, feel, and experience are specific to our intersectional identities. The artists in this show express their ordinaries to reorient and disorient the viewer, asking them to take on a new perspective and argue with their idea of normalcy. 

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