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The Condition of Being Addressable

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A new exhibition at the ICA LA takes its starting point from a quote in Claudia Rankine’s 2014 Citizen, in which she quotes feminist theorist Judith Butler. When asked what makes language hurtful, Butler responds, “Our very being exposes us to the address of another … we suffer from the condition of being addressable.” 

The exhibition includes 25 intergenerational artists who tease out this relationship between language and the body while exploring notions of gender, race, and sexuality. The show spans genre and context, pulling iconic feminist works by Judy Chicago and Ana Mendieta, alongside a younger cadre of artists exploring technology and selfhood. 

On view: June 18 – September 4

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Photo courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.