February 28. 2007

Fetish: the Culture of Fear & Desire

On Wednesday, February 28th, San Francisco-based arts organization Kearny Street Workshop presents the opening reception for a new visual exhibition, Fetish: the Culture of Fear & Desire, that runs February 28 – May 5, 2007. What is a fetish and what forms can it take? What kind of power does a fetish have, in terms of how we perceive our surroundings, and how we act in our environment? In the cultural context, fetishes are often based on projections and myths ascribed to The Other; fantasy and desire stemming from idealization or exotification. Desire can morph into fear and the development of stereotypes. Where does desire come from, and how do we desire? What are the consequences of this kind of desire? How can desire imprison us?

Featuring work by Noritaka Minami, Dorian Katz, Shizue Seigel, Matthew Abaya, Yun Bai, Derek Chung, Minette Mangahas, Truong Tran, and Erin Ng, this group exhibition seeks to ask and investigate these questions from surprising, challenging, and illuminating perspectives.

Event: Opening Reception for Fetish: the Culture of Fear & Desire

Opening reception: Wednesday, February 28th , 2007; 7 - 9.30pm
Exhibition runs 2/28 – 3/5; gallery hours are Tues & Thurs, 2- 6pm, and Saturdays 12 – 4pm, or by appointment.

Location: KSW's space180, 180 capp street, @ 17th street, San Francisco

Cost: opening reception: $2 - 5 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds.

Gallery hours: free

contact KSW, 415.503.0520,,


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