Angela premieres new film work and performances in StandUp! Exhibition at Gallery Kafayas, July 10-13

Angela premiered new film work and performances in StandUp!, a group exhibition held in July 2017 at Gallery Kayafas in Boston. StandUp! featured all *women artists and was organized by artist-curator, Silvi Naci and 8 or more co-curators (see below for detailed information from Naci's site, Silver Projects).

Still from Hijab, Red Sea by Angela Counts (c) 2017
Still from Breakfast with Abu by Angela Counts (c) 2017
Still from Hijab, Red Sea by Angela Counts (c) 2017

The following is from the Silver Projects website. It was an incredible experience, and it was a thrill to share the experience with so many amazing *women artists and curators, and all who attended the weeklong exhibition.

STAND UP: All Women* Group Exhibition at  Gallery Kayafas
JULY 10             6-10pm – Opening Reception
Performances by:
7:00-7:30 – MAGGIE CAVALLO
7:30-8 – ANA LOOR
8:00-8:30 – SARAH PITAN
9:00-9:30 –  ANGELA COUNTS
JULY 11             6:00-6:30 – Krysten Hill - Poetry Reading / 6:45-8:30 – Silvi Naçi in conversation with artist Magda Fernandez
JULY 12          11:00-5:30 Regular Gallery Hours
JULY 12            11:00-5:30 Regular Gallery Hours
Aparna Agrawal, Genesis Báez, Stace Brandt, Kim Blodgett, Bianca Broxton, Maggie Cavallo, Chelsea Coon, Leah Corbett, Angela Counts, Furen Dai, Sabrina Dorsainvil, Magda Fernandez, Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, Dell Hamilton, Krysten Hill, Maggie Jensen, Aaditi Joshi, Woomin Kim, Isabella Koen, Teruko Kushi, Ana Loor, Jessica Lu, Azita Moradkhani, Maria Molteni, Monika Plioplyte, Cynthia Melendez Montoya, Silvi Naçi,
Thi Nguyen, Alicia Rodriguez Alvisa, Marsha Parrilla, Sarah Pitan, Vivian Poey, Nisu Seder, Gianna Stewart, Sandrine Schaefer, Leslie Schomp, Lonnie Stanton, Joanna Tam, Christine Tinsley, Chanel Thervil, Zahirah Nur Truth, JR Uretsky, Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, & VISA Collectiv: Aysha Al-Moayyed and Tamara Al-Mashouk'.  
Danielle Abrams, Jimena Bermejo, Furen Dai, Tory Fair, Leah Triplett Harrington, Maggie Jensen, Silvi Naçi, Jeannie Simms, and Nabeela Vega.

We are proud to present STAND UP: an all Women* group exhibition curated by a group of powerful female and gender non-conforming artists, educators, and curators living and working in Boston, MA. This much-needed presentation confronts our current socio-political time, injustices, and misrepresentation of women artists in contemporary art practices and the art market. The exhibition scrutinizes themes of feminism, queerness, identity, gender, race, social politics and justice. This presentation focuses on showing the work of marginalized artists of different class, race, gender identity, religion, cultural ethics, and immigration status. Women*: We welcome anyone who identifies as cisgender, genderqueer, trans women, femmes, & non-binary people of all cultures and experience.
The exhibition features video, painting, sculpture, performance, photography and works on paper by artists associated with building new social structures and/or highlighting an obscured experience. The works peer into personal memories, ancestral connections and a collective past. The works examine the relationship between power and privilege, or lack of, and use historical references to expand on broader truths, while underscoring debates around social politics, identity and representation through contemporary art practices.
The gallery installation highlights the disproportionate presence of people of color, LGBTQ, and immigrants whose access and visibility in the art market and in the institutional conversations has been truncated. Our aim is to bolster access, inclusivity, equality, equity, education, and awareness of disenfranchised communities of color, LGBTQ, immigrants and refugees in the United States in a time filled with hate and persecution.