How does one appreciate the exotic without fetishizing it? EXOTIC GOODS examines the tenuous relationship between objectification and admiration through familiar representations of what's beautiful: the female form, and the natural beauty of flowers. EXOTIC GOODS explores the fetishization and commodification of Asian women. “You look so exotic. Where are you from?” are common words Asian women are approached with. This exhibition examines the objectification inherent in the term “exotic” and challenges accepted definitions of beauty, diversity, and acceptance.

Featuring a collection of images, mixed media art, and film, EXOTIC GOODS not only documents the often-blurred lines between compliment and condescension but also challenges the filters through which beauty is recognized and commodified.

The exhibition will be on display from November 14 through November 25, 2018 at Shopkeepers, 1231 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002. The artists will host a ticketed reception on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 8:00pm-11:00pm. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm. For additional information, please contact Jamie Garcia, jamielgarcia@gmail.com or 202-600-1044. To purchase tickets, visit the site (link in my profile)


Starts: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Ends: Sunday, November 25, 2018

Reception: Saturday, November 17, 2018, 8 pm to 11 pm. The ticketed reception includes a performance art piece by Jamie Garcia and an exclusive Q&A. Food and beverages will be provided by Maketto and Jo-Jo Valenzuela

Organized by Bruce Allen @thebruceallen, Jamie Garcia (from The Wabi Sabi Society) @apetiteperformer, and Michelle Samson @misafloral.

Bruce Allen is a Fashion and Fine Art published photographer based in Washington D.C. He runs an active Youtube and a podcast called "that's the angle”. Follow him on Instagram, @thebruceallen.

Jamie Garcia is a local event planner, performance artist, and dancer. In her immersive performance art, she makes the peculiar approachable, the uncomfortable embraced, the unseen acknowledged, and the conventional challenged. Follow her on Instagram, @apetiteperformer.

Michelle Samson is a published floral designer/artist based in the Washington D.C. area, who creates textual compositions using a mix of florals, foraged materials, skeleton leaves, dyed florals, dried florals and plants. Follow her on Instagram, @misafloral.


Jeff Prioleau is a self taught creative based in Alexandria, VA. Jeff is a published videographer but is also known to dabble in photography as well. Follow him on Instagram, @jeprioleau.

Rachel Lane is a published freelance makeup artist specializing in bridal, editorial and fashion beauty/grooming. Follow her on Instagram, @rachellanemakeup.