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Courtesy of the Artist and Maus Contemporary

Courtesy of the Artist and Maus Contemporary

Catherine Tafur, Regime
August 9 - September 2, 2017
Curated by Jessica Porter

Equity Gallery,  245 Broome Street, NY, NY 10002
Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 9, 6-8pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12-6pm, and by appointment

Press release (PDF)


Equity Gallery is pleased to present Regime, a solo exhibition by Catherine Tafur. The exhibition will be on view from August 9 through September 2, 2017, with a public opening reception on Wednesday, August 9, 6-8pm.

Tafur presents paintings and ink drawings that explore American identity and the socio-political climates it constructs. Tafur’s work uses representational symbolism to unearth the oppressive roots of America’s founding, illuminating how institutions such as white supremacy and misogyny are not just present here today, but are intrinsically American.

From mass incarceration to immigration policy, Tafur tackles the American brand of oppression that birthed our current regime. These works bear witness to some of the manifestations of this inherent violence in our society and the cruelty of our leadership. Tafur’s art demands that we consider the true face of America and our own participation in and against this system.

Catherine Tafur (b. 1976 in Lima, Peru, lives and works in New York City) spent her early childhood in Peru before relocating to Wilmington, Delaware. She then moved to New York to study at the Cooper Union School of Art  where she earned her BFA in 1998. Tafur has since shown her work nationally and internationally and is included in various established private collections. Her work explores themes such as death, vulnerability, loss of innocence, rebirth and redemption and are informed by the experience of her youth as a queer, multiracial immigrant in American suburbia. The subjects of her work are political and personal, feminist and confrontational.

About Artists Equity and Equity Gallery

New York Artist Equity Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1947 by artists and art patrons with the mission to promote opportunities for artists. It operates Equity Gallery, an art space located on the Lower East Side of New York City. It simultaneously serves as a gallery for artists to exhibit and sell their work; a hub for professional workshops and innovative programming exploring critical issues of interest to artists and curators; and a gathering place for artists, curators and patrons. For more information, please visit

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Image: © Catherine Tafur