Chris Christion has a research-driven studio practice that examines the influence of colonial and post-colonial methodology on the ways in which we view both art and the merging of cultural ideologies. Mining archives of information from libraries, museums, and the Internet Christion challenges the male bias (specifically white male biases) deeply-rooted in cultural institutions and curatorial perspectives. His work explores how individual and/or institutional predispositions to patriarchy affect notions of religion, race, class, gender, sexuality, and nation.
Coming from a background of community and campus outreach Christion is committed to engaging with underrepresented and underserved communities who often do not see themselves reflected within the broader art community. As both an artist and curator he functions as a context provider for critical dialectic: addressing the nuances within ever-shifting identities and how we experience/create our contemporary world and culture. His artistic practice offers inclusiveness, cultural humility, and advocacy as ways to reconsider how one defines their experienced identity at variance with the ways in which social and cultural identity is institutionally articulated.
As both artist and curator Christion integrates the literary concept of Biomythography into his professional art practice creating active learning and equity informed projects that enable viewers to learn, to analyze, and to discuss the interplay of identity, memory, and perception while developing a subjective understanding of intersectional theory.
Photo Credit: Todd Sharp