Photography by Rosie Ranauro

Photography by Rosie Ranauro


You Think It’s _____, but It’s Really _____.

Join BLAABoston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance, in celebrating the artists and work in our latest exhibition, You Think It's ____, But It's Really ____ with a reception on August 5, 2016 6-8pm. The reception will include performances by Xray Aims, Darren Black, Heather Kapplow, and Sopheak Sam.

BLAA’s tenth show, You Think It’s _____, But It’s Really _____, is an exhibition of work by artists living and creating at the intersection of LGBTQIA issues and culturally defined notions of “disability”. Working through forms of invisibility produced at this intersection, these artists have developed different understandings of the labels most often meant to correct such an invisibility: “Disabled,” “Queer,” “Artist.”

From YoAhn Han’s amorphous abstractions to Chris Maliga’s images of a body deeply connected to its environment, the works showcased here visualize togetherness and multiplicity: how do two things fit together, within a body, between a body and its environment, between our bodies? What kind of balance, between “disabled” and “queer,” between “myself” and “disability,” or between “physical” and “mental,” is or could be possible?

Representing a wide variety of experiences, practices, and media, You Think It’s _____, But It’s Really _____, is a timely consideration of a main issue and question within disability studies, queer theory and socially engaged practices today: how do we find ourselves in the intersection of these identities together?

Featuring: Xray Aims, Lauren Alindogan, Joe Balestraci, Darren Black, Carl Bowlby, Steven Cabral, Ken Diaz, Ariel Bassen Freiberg, Catherine Graffam, YoAhn Han, Madge of Honor, Heather Kapplow, LB Lee, Kyri Lorenz, Terrell Lowry, Chris Maliga, Daniel Lloyd-Miller, Ty Muto, Rose Ranauro, Sopheak Sam, Sasha Seaman, Cai Steele and Courtney White.

Show runs: August 1 – September 2nd, 2016
Additional Performance+Artist Talk: Saturday, August 20, 4-6pm