The exhibition yödoishëndahgwa’geh (a place for rest) by Rosy Simas that was to open at HAIR+NAILS on Sunday, June 20th has been cancelled. We regret that we failed to provide a supportive environment for this artist to work.
We are passionate about hosting and supporting art, artists and art-lovers through HAIR+NAILS programming. As individuals and as a small arts entity we have been made uncomfortably aware of the extent and scale of our impact in the perpetuation of systemic oppressions, particularly, white body supremacy. Our experience this week has helped us see that we have much more work to do as individuals and as a small arts entity to undo racism and oppressive cycles in our hearts, actions and in our community. We are thankful for the support of many people for pointing out our blind spots, reminding us to listen better, for guiding us in this work. We appreciate the suggestions by Rosy Simas and others for numerous action steps we can take going forward. We are committed to continuing this work which must be ongoing.
We appreciate the way Rosy has stayed present with us in this conversation and regret the pain we have caused. We hope you will join us in supporting her future presentation of yödoishëndahgwa’geh (a place for rest) and all her art projects.
Kristin and Ryan