Hands Off My Cuntry

Undercurrent Projects, NYC, Jan 11-22, 2017

Dear Trump,

We are a group of artists concerned you and your administration will be dismantling some important laws when you take office on the 20th, especially a 43 year old one called Roe vs Wade. As you know, this law protects the welfare of women. It ensures the safety of women when they need help the most. Being a father of women we hope you understand the importance of keeping this law on the books when you take office and in the next 4 years. The last thing American women need is to fall behind in healthcare with no place to go for help. Defunding Planned Parenthood is not the answer. The last thing American women need is to go back in time to the back alley abortion and possibly die from not having proper care. The last thing we need is America to take a big step back. Going forward is the only way. In all honesty, we sympathize with your need for “pussy grabbin’ and we are sure you would enjoy this show since it involves a lot of pussy and grabbin’. In fact we welcome you to stop by and see the show for a much deeper appreciation on this matter. However, in the end it is a plea from us to you to keep your hands off our cuntry.

Thank you,
Mike Cockrill, Lapis Danado, Annique Delphine, Courtney Frances Fallon, Adam Handler, Jones the Savage, Morgan Jesse Lappin, Joanne Leah, Nikki Peck, John Phelan, Alexandra Rubinstein, Savannah Spirit, Undercurrent Projects and all people who believe in women's rights.

Thank You, Obama, by Alexandra Rubinstein, oil on panel, 2016

Joanne Leah creates photo-based images that portray a series of contorted nude body parts, juxtaposed with ordinary yet highly stylized props. Using color as her narrative, she takes the viewer on an eerie trip through staged, fairytale crime scenes. She draws from her own childhood memories, exploring themes of isolation, detachment and self-identity, while challenging the viewer to react to the human form and tactile nature of fluids, fleshiness and voluptuousness. And is that what you even see?

Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including Kim Foster Gallery in Chelsea, as well as a large billboard exhibition through the non-profit organization, #SAVEARTSPACE. She has received critical attention as an emerging artist in numerous online and print publications including Hi-Fructose, The Opéra, Pacific Dissent, The Creators Project, Kaltblut Magazine and Venison Magazine. She has also recently made her curatorial debut, Phreeek Magnet, at Undercurrent Projects in New York City.

Joanne Leah is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She was born in Germany, adopted at birth and grew up in a small mountain town in Southwest Virginia.

“When I was a child, I would explore the woods behind my house. I ventured alone, following a small creek. One winter day, I deviated from my usual path. As I walked, I heard a man shout. A pack of barking dogs ran toward me. I immediately dropped to the snowy ground and pretended to be dead. I held my breath. The dogs surrounded me, sniffed and snorted. I had never felt that kind of fear before, the fear of being eaten alive.” -Joanne Leah

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