Exhibitions | Salt Lake Area Exhibitions

Celebration of the Hand: Safe Not Safe

Salt Lake City
Nov.1, 2021 – Jan. 31, 2022 


Craft Lake City’s Celebration of the Hand: Safe Not Safe was conceived by Denae Shanidiin with photographs by Jonathan Canlas.

On view from Nov. 1, 2021 to Jan. 31, 2022, Safe Not Safe is an ongoing project exploring Utah’s BIPOC community and their experiences living here. Individuals were asked to present themselves in a space where they felt the safest as well as a space where they did not feel “safe”. They were then photographed in each place and asked to reveal their thoughts and feelings on each location.

Craft Lake City’s Celebration Of The Hand: Safe Not Safe exhibition features eight works from the ongoing series from Shanidiin and Canlas.

“As BIPOC & 2SLGBTQIA Relatives we acknowledge and celebrate our resilience within a world that actively harms us,” says Shanidiin. “These are true accounts of hatred, sexual assault and abuse experienced. Honoring survivors and the actuality of what it is like for BIPOC & 2SLGBTQIA existing within spaces of white supremacy, racism, patriarchy, homophobia, classism, misogyny, xenophobia and domestic violence is important in creating safety and healing.”

Craft Lake City’s Celebration of the Hand project is a seasonal outdoor exhibition with an initiative to enhance and reflect Salt Lake City’s cultural district through the work of Utah-based artists. Celebration of the Hand is displayed in large 4 ‘ X 8 ‘ frames adjacent to the sidewalks along Broadway (300 South) between 200 West and West Temple, and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week free of charge.

“Through Celebration of the Hand, Craft Lake City seeks to democratize art by providing public access to bodies of artistic work by making them accessible at any time of the day or week for no cost,” says Angela H. Brown, executive director of Craft Lake City. “It’s important for artistic bodies of work like Safe Not Safe to have accessible representation on the streets of downtown Salt Lake City.”

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