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5701 Lewood Dr

DORF

Multidisciplinary
Cycle (1999) by Katy Horan
Cycle (1999) by Katy Horan

2018, Animation still,

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sana sana / heal heal by Paloma Mayorga
sana sana / heal heal by Paloma Mayorga

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Cycle (1999) by Katy Horan
Cycle (1999) by Katy Horan

2018, Animation still,

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About the Artist

Sara Vanderbeek is a Texas-based interdisciplinary artist and curator who creates concept-driven series focused on portraiture and social practice. Her work contextualizes autobiographical experiences and responds to culture, politics, and trauma. Her work has been included in exhibitions nationally, including the McNay Art Museum (San Antonio, TX); The Contemporary Austin (Austin, TX); Deitch Projects (New York, NY); and the 2013 Texas Biennial at Blue Star Contemporary (San Antonio, TX). In 2020, she and her partner Eric Manche collaborated on a mural for the Facebook lobby as part of their Open Arts program. She is the Founding Executive Director of DORF, an alternative gallery that provides space for regional artists, community organizing, and activism. She is the recipient of numerous awards including Best New Experimental Art Space by the Austin Chronicle, grants from the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, and is a finalist for the 2022 Artpace International Artist-In-Residence Program. Vanderbeek's projects have been covered by the Austin Chronicle, Glasstire, Sightlines, Arts and Culture Texas, ArtDaily, and more. She received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003.

Artist Statement

Own it, examine it, and confront it head on is an interdisciplinary project featuring visual and performance art that examines rape culture, survivor justice, and healing. The project’s title is taken from a quotation by Naima Ramos-Chapman about her award-winning film And Nothing Happened, in which the artist sheds light on rape culture and the aftermath of sexual assault. Rape culture is a culture in which sexual violence is treated as the norm and victims are blamed for their own assaults. It involves the cultural norms and institutions that protect rapists, promote impunity, shame victims, and demand that women make unreasonable sacrifices to avoid sexual assault. This project facilitates discourse about these important issues and connects communities through three main components: a group art exhibition, public programming, and community partnerships. Taking place in fall 2021 at DORF Gallery in Austin, Texas, the exhibition and related programming is a visible response to rape culture at large and aims to amplify the localized conversation around sexual violence in Austin and provide artist survivors with an opportunity to regain agency. The Austin Police Department has been in the news consistently over the past several years due to the discovery of a backlog of thousands of untested rape kits dating back to the 1990s. This project addresses critical issues in our community and offers an empathic space for artists and visitors to learn, process, and remove the shame associated with a difficult, but common, subject. Using the model of art as therapy and a potent force for healing, the gallery space will serve as a vessel for expression, education, and social rehabilitation.

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