Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts presents I don’t know you like that: The Bodywork of Hospitality, a group exhibition exploring corporeal hospitality on view through March 20, 2022.

Featuring unexpected and productive juxtapositions of works by Ingrid Bachmann, Crystal Z Campbell, Jean-Charles de Quillacq, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Stephanie Dinkins, Celina Eceiza, Adham Faramawy, Mounir Fatmi, Flis Holland, Oliver Husain & Kerstin Schroedinger, Rodney McMillian, Bridget Moser, Pedro Neves Marques, Berenice Olmedo, Jenna Sutela, Ana Torfs and Francis Upritchard, this exhibition and related public programs are curated by Sylvie Fortin, Bemis Center 2019–2021 Curator-in-Residence.

Hospitality is usually considered a philosophical concept with juridical implications, an ethical concern, a social/political practice… or an industry. This exhibition shifts the focus to consider the stealth work of hospitality on our material and political understanding of bodies, inviting visitors to consider how hospitality has simultaneously circumscribed what we think bodies are, what we imagine they can do, how we feel they relate, whom we believe they can encounter, and ultimately, how we engage with each other and the world.

The exhibition at Bemis Center explores these questions in space by weaving together open-ended experiential connections between works that enlist a wide range of media to explore a constellation of subjects, including pregnancy and surrogacy; transplantation, implantation, and transfusion; neural adaptation and the phantom limb; bacteria and the microbiome; viruses, parasites, symbionts, and holobionts; stem cells; mechanical and chemical prosthetics; architectures and protocols of corporeal hospitality; dreams and dreamwork; and the “magic” work of relics, spirits, and energies. In the process, this exhibition reveals a storied genealogy indebted to the extractive intersection of race, gender, class, religion, and value. I don’t know you like that: The Bodywork of Hospitality critically excavates this legacy and imagines more-than-human hospitalities, offering up an expanded theater of operations.

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