27 July – 2 August
Cookhouse, Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts, London, SW!P 4JU
Open weekdays 1:30 – 7:30pm
Viva Veneris, because Venus brings life, and it speaks in a thousand tongues – innumerable articulations spiraling and unfolding outwards from secret and most sacred spaces. And the voices say:
We will have no more dead objects!
We want no more pale, souped-up or hyperreal imitations
No more fake mummies
No more murderous machines and their carbonizing death-toll.
Actions speak louder than words.
Cartesian rationality is all very well for mapping the Platonic universe,
but the sublime is organic – it has organs.
Organs of the living body, instruments of work, working matter
matter that conceives, has memory, acts.
Real, embodied, embedded,
we are the imperfect future-present,
of new lives in a process of infinite indefinite becoming.
Elizabeth Manchester presents the practical research for her PhD Object Space Subject: Duchamp’s Etant donnés from the Inside Out in her viva exhibition Viva Veneris, running 27 July – 2 August in the Cookhouse, Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts, London, open weekdays 1:30 – 7:30pm, or by arrangement (firstname.lastname@example.org and 07946597791).
Image: Ope Lori, Alpha and Beta, 2015, video.
In Whose Eyes? Practice in Dialogue Symposium
Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall,
29th July 2018, 11am – 4pm.
The struggle around visual representation is one that feminist artists have always been engaged with and which Rozsika Parker and Griselda Pollock highlighted in Framing Feminism: Art and the Women’s Movement 1970 – 1985 (1987). We are delighted to host Griselda Pollock as a keynote presenter to lead a symposium debating the current state of affairs with speakers including Sonia Boyce, Enam Gbewonyo, Rose Gibbs, Catherine Long and Ope Lori.
A resurgence of feminism in the west and globally continues to gather momentum, accompanied by the realisation among young women that we have been sold a fabrication: that equality has been achieved thereby making feminism redundant. At the same time, capitalism has co-opted the language of feminism in the mainstream media and it can be argued that the backlash against feminism has taken on its most virulent form: behaviours and products that are all part of the capitalist arsenal are recast as feminist tools of ‘empowerment’ while the derivation of that power remains strikingly unexamined.
Supported by Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School.
Please register on eventbrite.