Out of Character: Self-Imaging through Narrative

2018 USC Roski MA Curated Exhibition


On view Nov 1 - 14, 2018

Closing Screenings: Nov 14, 6pm

Reservations here.


Master of Fine Arts Gallery, IFT

Gallery hours: Wed - Sun, 1-5pm


Out of Character: Self-Imaging through Narrative examines the work of contemporary artists who construct characters in their work to explore and better understand aspects of themselves and their own lived experiences. The notion of self is embodied, performative, and intersubjective, comprised of many various factors that include, but are not limited to, race, nationality, and class. 

Participating artists include: Alex Bag, Claudia Cano, Sharif Farrag, Max Grau, Xandra Ibarra, Roy Martinez, Jayson Musson, Jon Rafman, Martine Syms, and Ilona Szwarc.

Using costumes and props, masquerade and gestures, and strategies of appropriation, through their characters the artists in this exhibition expose racial, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic identities, making works that simultaneously engage and challenge our expectations. 

Out of Character is  curated by  Ana Briz, Yishun Li, Seymour Polatin, Wenzhuo Wu, and Emilia Huiqian Yin, 2019 MA  Candidates  in Curatorial  Practices  and the  Public  Sphere Program  at  the USC  Roski School  of Art  and  Design.