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Kija Lucas: A Taxonomy of Belonging
2 Marina BoulevardSan FranciscoCA 94123
"A Taxonomy of Belonging" includes work from Lucas’ nine-year project In Search of Home, and consists of photographs of plant clippings, rocks, and other objects that explore the emigration patterns of her family, and Carl Linnaeus’ racial taxonomy. This body of work questions how the scientific frameworks society has inherited from Linnaeus misrepresents Othered communities, while specifically addressing the invention of race in his taxonomy of man. This racist categorization of human beings perpetuates stereotypes and continues to be used widely today. Lucas challenges the frameworks of scientific categorization and the resulting implications of belonging found within the language of “native” and “non-native” plant species. With these works, the artist interrogates how we choose what is considered “natural,” “beautiful,” and “useful.” Open Tue-Thu 12pm - 6pm, Fri 12pm - 8pm, Sat 10am - 6pm.