Artist Reception: The Identity of Dream, The Euphoria in Nightmares by Chyanne Kemp

We are so excited to present our next exhibition "The Identity of Dream, The Euphoria in Nightmares" by Chyanne Kemp (she/they). The exhibit will be in both of our Fine Art Galleries at the center from August 29th through October 15th. Mark your calendars for September 15th from 6-8pm to meet the artist personally and celebrate queer art! There will be food, music, and wonderful conversation. Read more about this exhibit below. For any questions about this exhibit, please reach out to [email protected]

If you would like to purchase any of the pieces in the show, you can do so on our Squarespace Store (click here during the duration of the exhibit) or in-person at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.

Artist Statement on Exhibition and Body of Work:

This gallery includes work that highlights the artist’s connection between dreams and identity.

Artist’s Note:

I am a bisexual nonbinary femme of color. That is my current identity, however, I did not always have the gift of affirming language, or self acceptance. For some time, I allowed others to define my identity. I am no stranger to the miserable quips of the misogynoir or the pressures of a heretronormative society. When faced with the desire to be an individual I found myself being told that I was simply a token. What a calamity to look in the mirror and find your reflection muddied by the voices and ideologies of strangers and a soiled American history. What a relief to sleep each day and free yourself from the politics of your body, your gender, your race, your sex. For me, dreams aren’t necessarily a perfect place but one where I am relieved of the logistics of who I am and oftentimes control. From childhood to well into adulthood, I have had a bizarre relationship with sleep. I experience sleep paralysis; a state where the body is paralyzed but the mind is overactive. I will add that a stressed mind is an easy target for these episodes. Some have argued that faith is a cure for these occurrences. These occurrences remain a source of terror and wonder for me. Auditory and visual hallucinations combined with paralyzing fear and the inability to scream were things I found myself unable to cope with. My view of my dreams drastically changed when I began mindfulness practices in my daily life. All of the internal and external traumas I have experienced made it hard for me to stay present on a daily basis.

I attempted to brainstorm moments throughout my days where I felt fully present. Of course, I arrived back at my dreams. In my dreams, I was not so worried about who I was as much as I was interested in figuring out where my story would unfold. In my nightmares, I was stuck. I had to be courageous though the odds were against me. I had to advocate for my ability to wake up! We all have choices. We all have a limited hourglass of time to inhabit our physical bodies. In dreams, I began to understand that I had more agency over my mind and body than I had been previously led to believe. Our resting minds can suspend belief in things beautiful, woeful, and fantastical. It is important to me today to honor the dynamic nature of the mind through my art and my identity. This for me is a kind of freedom.

September 15, 2022 at 6:00pm - 8pm
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W Maple St
at Bayard Rustin Way
Allentown, PA 18101
United States
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Will you come?