“Curate/Cure Hate”: GCC Features Guest Artist

LA-based artist’s work is on loan at the GCC Art Gallery

Glendale Community College Art Gallery’s newest exhibition features solo-artist Dwora Fried’s mixed-media collection entitled, “Curate/Cure Hate: Fairytales, Flashbacks and Collages in a Box.” Fried, an Austrian born artist, creates art that deals with themes of identity, gender, and political trauma. 

The exhibition consists of three different series that each discuss aspects of Fried’s life, while also critiquing society. 

Photographer: Dominique Rocha – Close-up photo of a piece from the collection “Fairytales.” This image uses a combination of children’s toys and graphic imagery as a critique on violence against women.

The first series is entitled “Fairy Tales,” which uses imagery from different fairy tales in order to illustrate violence against women. The pieces, which are all named after their associated fairy tale, utilize children’s toys and various souvenirs in order to condemn violence against women.

Photographer: Dominique Rocha – Three of the pieces from the collection “Flashbacks” – These three pieces are mixed media self-portraits of the artist. They were created with the intention of Fried looking and reflecting on how she fits into the world.

The second series, “Flashbacks,” includes seven self-portraits. The pieces reflect on how Fried fits into the world. “Turning seventy was a turning point for me. I wanted to look at myself when I was younger as an older person,” Fried notes in the exhibition catalog. The last series focuses on the aftermath of political violence.

Photographer: Dominique Rocha – Photo of two of the pieces from the collection “Collages In A Box” – These pieces give insight into what it is like to have to pack up your whole life in the wake of traumatic events like the Holocaust.

The series, “Collages In A Box,” features collages of hollowed out apartments and buildings decorated in rubble and destruction. The pieces illustrate how the artist imagines what apartments would look like in the wake of traumatic events, specifically the Holocaust.

The artist’s collection opened on March 19 and will continue to run until April 29. The Glendale Community Art Gallery is located on the third floor of the library building.  The show is free to the public, and requires proof of vaccination and masks. Dana Martella, the gallery director and curator for the show, also hosts reception for the exhibition from 5 to 8 p.m.


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Dominique Rocha can be reached at [email protected].