21c Museum Hotel Durham is opening a new exhibition titled “The Future is Female,” centered around women-related issues and topics. The venue is hosting an opening reception Jan. 30 at 6 p.m., where the artists will hold a panel discussion and opening performance. This event is free and open to the public.
The exhibit, curated by 21c Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites, will feature work from three female artists each touching on different topics related to women empowerment or awareness. Audiences can expect to see how society interacts with women in regards to reproduction, education and civil liberties.
Marisa Morán Jahn is presenting three objects that are brought together by containing an unsuspecting element in order to advocate for women — and instill the faith that women can make decisions for themselves about their reproductive health.
“I'm interested in advocating for communal self-determination," Jahn said. "My piece raises questions about reproductive access, technology, rights and environmental health. So I'm presenting three copper-based technological devices that we use to enable fulfillment of desire.”
Jahn said her project started because she went through her medical records and discovered that her IUD was made of copper, a detail which made her question: “How do I not know the technology in my own body? Where does it come from?”