“Bitches Ain’t Shit”, 4.24.10

Johalla Projects is proud to host Bitches Ain’t Shit, a group exhibition of emerging, female photographers curated by Jes Ashley Santrock. As a project space, we aim to foster new talent and provide an outlet for ambitious artists. We are excited to offer these young women the opportunity to share their visions and commence what we hope will be prolific careers.

Laurie Reese, Strand Installation 1, 2010
Photo courtesy of Laurie Reese



Almost instinctively, arranging a group of entirely female work in one room suggests a high-handed plead for women’s rights. On the contrary, I am not a feminist; this exhibition is not about building barriers between the two genders. To state that art is inherently masculine or feminine depending on the artist’s sex would be considered trite. More so, this case study is an effort to better understand how eight young women seek out their artistic ventures. There are subtle hints and nuances in the art of young women that I, as a female, can identify with on a number of levels.


I have chosen eight females, all undergraduates in their early twenties working with the medium of photography, to present a set of their current work. I have seen each of them intently pursue their concepts and forge a distinct style of perceiving their surroundings. Inevitably, their current undertakings will follow them for the rest of their careers as they emerge into the art world. And so, the question becomes clear – will these young women continue to construct new imagery and how will it evolve in the stages to come?



Featuring photography by:

Kate Brock

Kimberly Kim

Megan Noe

Sarah Q.

Laurie Reese

Jess Sikon

Krystal Thompson

Maria Ulrich




Opening reception: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 7-11pm




For more information please contact:
johallaprojects@gmail.com or jes.ashley@gmail.com

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About johallaprojects

Johalla Projects was established in the fall of 2009 by Anna Cerniglia as a venue for emerging and mid-career artists. Located in Chicago's West Town neighborhood, Johalla Projects is a collective space collaborating with artists, writers, and curators. In addition to presenting exhibitions in its gallery space, Johalla works to organize and execute public art projects in neighborhoods across the city of Chicago. Every exhibition and project undergoes a thoughtful selection process, assuring that each show presented by Johalla Projects is comprised of the finest contemporary work.

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