What most stands out for me about 52 Artists at the Aldrich Contemporary is the sense of both engaging with and resisting categories.
Alexis Clements is a writer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. She recently started a podcast, The Answer is No, focused on artists sharing stories about challenging the conditions under which they are asked to work. She also recently completed her first feature-length documentary, All We've Got, which examines LGBTQ women's communities and spaces across the US. In addition to writing for Hyperallergic, her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Bitch Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, The Guardian, Nature, and Two Serious Ladies, among others. Learn more about her work at www.alexisclements.com.
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