The Fact of Being, a group exhibition, questions various planes of existence through three distinct approaches that explore the paradox of self-perception versus societal projections. As the curators of a lived experience, this exhibition engages with the gaze of the viewer, from the position of the artist.
Hellen Gaudence was born and grew up in Tanzania. She graduated with a business degree in 2011, thereafter relocated to the United States to pursue further studies in photography where she is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Arizona. Through documentary and staged photography, as well as video art, Gaudence forwards insights to African experiences in the diaspora – enriching knowledge of nuanced black identities, by means of performance, formal portraiture and the candidness of everyday moments.
Elliott Jamal Robbins graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2013, with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Arizona. Elliott has exhibited and received many awards, both at the local and national level. Some of his honors include the National Sculpture Society Scholarship, FJJMA Museum Association Award, and the Momentum OKC 2014 Artist Spotlight.
Born in the city of Hyderabad South India, Japheth Paul is a designer, illustrator and photographer who grew up in trilingual and a diverse culture. He has a BFA in Applied Arts. He is Currently an MFA candidate in Visual Communication at the University of Arizona.