San Francisco's SWIM Gallery is opening a new group exhibition by 12 femme artists of color titled Exotify Elsewhere Pt. II. The show is curated by Taylor Davis and Grace Sanabria and features paintings, photos, illustrations, and more. Read on below for the show's statement and purpose.

The artists in Exotify Elsewhere II oppose the binds of historic fetishization on femme bodies and cultures not rooted in whiteness. Constantly enduring these conditions has equipped us with the tools of resistance and resilience necessary to preserve our safety and autonomy. We employ these tactics to claim space in the art world where we feel our voice has typically been forgotten and therefore silenced. Elsewhere emphasizes that we are taking the power to say, “you will not exploit me in that way, not here, not on my body.”

By defining ourselves for ourselves we rise from the oppressive limitations of the male gaze and the violent exclusion of white-washed womanhood. This show serves as a platform for WOC to freely question and combat these conditions and works toward a liberated woman of color whose struggles are seriously considered in the fight for social, sexual and economic justice

Participating Artists

Azha Ayanna

Sara Bautista

Rewina Beshue


Gina Contreras

MoMo Dash

Kezia Harrell

Liliana Navarro

Haleigh Nickerson

Jasmine Nyende

Yetudae Olagbaju

Tosha Stimage