Monday, August 27, 2018

Feminism InFLux Art Exhibit

Photography by Eve Harlowe

An exhibit of feminist art created by trans and gender non-conforming people is coming to Lake Worth.

The exhibit, Feminism inFlux, opened August 25 in the Compass, LGBT community center in Palm Beach County. 

Press Release: 

The gallery, which stays open until November 1, will feature visual art, performance, spoken word, photography, and text by those who identify as trans or non-conforming. It is also the first exhibit to be featured in the center’s Great Hall Gallery. Rolando Chang Barrero, the curator of Feminism inFlux and owner of Box Gallery, said the idea behind the exhibit was to explore the transgender and nonconforming voice. 

Photography by Eve Harlowe
“We’re giving a platform to those who otherwise don’t have a platform,” Barerro said. “It’ll make them feel more comfortable with the idea that they have a place to show their work.” As far as the guests go, he believes the exhibit will expose the public to new and safe dialogues, without political charge. “You can expect beautiful art work, exquisite music, and outstanding prose ... 

Created by artists that reflect their narratives and dialogues like any other professional artist,” Barrero said. “This isn’t a political rally, we’re celebrating their art.” The point of the gallery is to showcase their art and allow the artists and performers to empower themselves, according to Barrero. 

One artist, a 17-year-old Dreyfus student, B Amico is an illustrator and painter. They identify as genderqueer, and their work depicts the struggle of living with two bodies in one. 

And when he saw Amico’s work for the first time, Barrero said his jaw dropped. “The public might be surprised with the younger artists—what’s going on in their heads,” Barrero said. He also punned, “all the work, the music, and poetry are worth coming out for.” He wanted the art to be more meaningful as, “West Palm Beach puts on a lot of art that isn’t personal to the artist.” In this, the artists lose their voice. “My curiosity is in what happens to these voices that don’t belong anywhere,” Barrero said. The art in Feminism inFlux, “has depth and weight, content and context.” Next to every piece will be a label explaining the art, and the pronouns each artist identifies with. Feminism inFlux is the first installation of what Barrero hopes to be an annual exhibit. The opening reception will feature a 17-year-old classical pianist, and spoken word performances, as well as all the feminist art and “high fashion” photography. 

 “What I’ve noticed is the voices of trans and nonconforming groups fall through the cracks,” Barrero said. But Feminism inFlux is attempting to change that.


Attending The Art Opening Saturday Evening 


  1. Thanks for letting people know about this. It would be nice if this exhibit had some kind of website for those of us who may not get there in person.

    I'm curious as to the description which says "new and safe dialogues without political charge."

    It's not that everything associated with being transgender must be political but I just wonder by what definition it won't be political.

    Right now it seems it is not transgender people trying to make things "political" but rather others who would deny us basic rights (ie all the "bathroom controversy" and such) when we just want the respect to be who we are.

    I just hope that the exhibit doesn't "pull any punches" so to speak, in order to be "safe."

    Rhonda, I would certainly be interested in a follow-up from your perspective describing and analyzing the exhibit.

    But again thanks for letting us know!

    1. Hi Janet, Thanks for the comment. The exhibit was somewhat limited and I have shown two of the photos above; both quite good. I will show more. Also there were performing artist - All transgender is one for or another. Mostly young and on the gender non-conforming spectrum. A very interesting evening. Happy I went.

    2. It seems like an interesting endeavor, and you certainly looked very good attending.

      I'm wondering if perhaps you could post a descriptive or an analytical article to paint us a picture of what it was actually like to be there.

      Thanks again for letting me comment, and have a great day!