Humanity is Not a Spectator Sport
A Mixed Media Show by Artist Caron Tabb
What happens when we opt in? Humanity Is Not a Spectator Sport is a gallery show that pushes us all to understand our place in repairing in the world.
Artist Statement from Caron Tabb
The election of Donald Trump; the racial murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmed Arbery; and the endemic issues surfaced by the COVID-19 outbreak caused a profound reckoning for many, including myself and have deeply impacted my artwork. Over the last four years I found myself spending significant time engaging in difficult conversations where I questioned my role, responsibilities, and culpability as a white, Jewish woman. The question that occupied me most was how I use my privilege to bend the arc of justice. What is required of me at this point in time? The show, “Humanity Is Not a Spectator Sport,” attempts to offer a deeply personal, visual response to this reckoning, in a way that intends to offer both a personal portrait and a call to action to the community. The conceptual mixed media work in this show draws heavily from core Jewish tenets and my deep Jewish identity and interchanges between the personal and the universal. This show is my response to the concept that one must use privilege
to effect change. The show addresses systemic racism, inequality, and our shared humanity. It is a call to opt in. I hope exhibition viewers will be challenged by what they see and will be inspired to engage in difficult conversations as a result of engaging with these works. It is only through stepping back and considering our role and participation (or lack thereof) in society that we can ultimately choose to be active upstanders.
About The Artist
I was born in apartheid South Africa, raised on a farm in Israel from the age of eight and, have lived in the US for the last twenty years. These key biographical elements and my passion for social justice issues deeply impact my artistic practice. In addition to traditional painting and photography, I incorporate many found objects and unconventional materials into my work. My conceptual mixed-media and instillation art address issues of social inequality, racial justice and, feminism as seen through the lens of my deep Jewish identity. When I question my role as a Jewish, white woman, and a human being today, I know that in part it is to raise the level of discourse, increase empathy and engage people in difficult conversations about a just and equal society. I feel a burning passion to use my privilege and address what it means to be an American in this day and age. My art serves as my voice and vehicle for these conversations which I hope to inspire in the viewer.Learn More