GROWING PAINS (Screenprint)

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GROWING PAINS (Screenprint)

15.00

screenprint 

small editioned handprinted and signed by Caseena Karim 

 

"Growing up, I felt that something was wrong, that in some way I had failed because the system in which I lived in did not benefit me. I tried to pay attention in my classes that were taught around standardized tests, and I tried to fit into spaces in society that were not meant for me. My creative talent, my sexuality, my gender, and my race all placed me outside of societal norms. I felt that this was because I was not good enough, and I wanted to know why. I took social science classes to try and figure out what it was about me that made me feel like an outsider. What I got instead, was not an answer to my dilemma, but rather a community. Learning about race issues, sexuality, gender, capitalism, I felt a sense of awakening. I saw the world in a different lens, and it came all at once. Once i saw society for what it was, I realized that most things were not my fault, but rather the fault of a failed system. The Culture of Illusion that we live in, celebrity culture, media, etc, all contribute to a distraction economy. We pay to be distracted, and it fuels the American capitalist system. The media speaks of pseudo-crimes, and issues that do not connect with citizens but rather direct their attention away from core issues. Instead of succumbing to ignorance through this illusion, I want to make a difference. I want to educate people with my experience and my work.

Most Millennials share this same view as me, and and while it makes you more wise to invest in social science, it’s painful because often times you can’t control how people see you/treat you because you’re a person of color, gay, a woman, etc., but I think they are just growing pains. You have to have pain in order to enjoy bliss, and I use my struggles to create art that encourages people to educate themselves rather than live in a culture of illusion. I want to see a future of educated Millennials who want to fight for change. The best way I can start this is by saying I’m Here. I am disadvantaged, but I won’t let a broken system; break me."- Cass

 

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