Body \\ Politic - August 4th - September 5th, 2020
Curated by Stewart Hall and Susan Boutwell
Body \\ Politic
The body politic is a fable whereupon the people who make up a nation are a single corporeal entity; all must serve as one for the nation to function. When one part of the nation resists, this is liked to an infection, affecting the whole. For a nation to be healthy its people must acquire to the hierarchy of its parts. In traditional representations of the body politic, the head sits at the top of this hierarchy as the locus of perception and rationality, governing all the parts below. Sometimes the head represents a monarchy, sometimes the church.
A well-known ancient example of a bodily metaphor appears in “The Belly and the Members,” a fable attributed to the legendary Greek fabulist Aesop. In the fable, the other members of the body revolt against the belly, which they think is doing none of the work while getting all of the food. The hands, mouth, teeth, and legs initiate a strike, but after a few days they realize that they are weak and ailing. They thus learn that cooperation between all members of the body, including the belly, is vital for the body's health. The story's not-so-subtle moral is that society, like a body, functions better when all do their assigned tasks and work together. The social metaphor translated easily into the political world. 
Nowadays, the body politic relates more generally to the politics of the body; in the way that individual bodies not only experience political violence but also wield political power, particularly the significant effects it has on race, culture, class, and gender.
This exhibition intends to shine light on various women artists' practices, practices that push against convention, politics, social structures, and / or the body (both metaphorically and literally). Each artist's work, in one way or another, addresses the many, and contemporary, issues raised by the metaphor of The Body Politic. Each artwork, implicitly or explicitly, pushes against the hierarchies driving this body politic, and proposes a different narrative for the viewer to engage with.
Text by Stewart Hall
Clare Dickens | Chloe Hsinyi Chiu | Jeni Johnson | Aya Kirresh | Cristina Prudente Cecilia Sergi | Kim Thornton
In June 2019 HContemporary will bring together a group exhibition of seven international women artists who are shaping a new dialogue from their subconscious thoughts, ideas and experiences. Their surreal, and often dream-like, journeys are presented here balancing the ordinary with the bizarre to re-enchant the world.
The seven artists in this exhibition have each drawn from their own experiences and memories to create imagery full of personal meaning. Their subconscious thoughts reference individual ideas, hoping to communicate them to the viewer. Exploring notions of vulnerability, invisibility, transformation and mystery, the diverse cultures of this multinational group of artists add another layer of context to the work.
Through the medium of photography and sculpture the artists have delved into their own lives and surroundings and made remarkable and/or beautiful discoveries. Improvisation is often key in the search for what was previously unknown. The viewer is playfully invited to consider new purposing of familiar objects, to explore the shadows and to consider new possibilities.
These liminal spaces between reality and the subconscious provide room to challenge hierarchies and to guard against the societal shackles that limit our vision. They are places where transformation can take place, thresholds to another way of seeing.
26 June – 3 July 2019
Mon - Sat
10:30 - 19:00
H Contemporary Gallery
3-8, Unjung-ro 125beon-gil,
Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea
+82 31 703 7772
I will be exhibiting work from Hestia and the Daily Miracles at this show. This series of ex-votos gives thanks to Hestia, Greek goddess of hearth and home, for the miraculous deliverance from the daily mess in my kitchen.
GraceGraceGrace explore gen-age
I am delighted that my work has been included in this stunning new book exploring the intersection of gender and age.
Time: 19:00 - 21:30
Venue: Live Art Development Agency, The Garrett Centre, 117A Mansford Street, London, E2 6LX
Tickets: Free, but please RSVP
Wonderful news that Casting Off received a special mention in the Emerging Curators Category at the Brighton Photo Fringe. Thank you to everyone who visited us over the past month.
PRESENTING MOSTLY YOURSELVES as part of Plymouth Art Weekender 29-30 September 2018, PV 28 September 6-8pm
Hosted by Charlotte Squire, Jonah Garner & Olivia Aggett
The title Presenting Mostly Yourselves is taken from the 70's old time Music Hall TV show the Good Old Days, when the loquacious master of ceremonies declared the entertainment was mostly provided by those in the stalls enjoying the show, the viewer. The open show explores an inverse approach to curation in which the showing of work is privileged over concept, the outcome a shared pleasure in exhibition and a presentation of work that includes all comers.
Presenting Mostly Yourselves will feature the work of
(in order of appearance)
Victoria Trott, Barbara Jones, Emma Sprawson, Noah Taylor, Rachael Darbourne, Lesley Bricknell, William H Davison, Rosalie Wyatt, Lee Jackson, Rhys Phillips, Dr Ian Jamison, Matthew Thomas, Mary Doulton, Thomas Martin Loveder, Cathy Boult, Jo Ballard, Emma Wright, Bethany Thomas, RL Crindell, Laurie Christine Wilcox, Maria Eastwood, Alan Qualtrough, Deborah Duffin, Vicky Pulter, Theo Sykes, Caroline Gregory, Emma Winslet, Olivia Aggett, Pod Garner, Nicola Hamon, David Edmond, Madeleine Boulesteix, Kim Thornton, Lucy Soni, Becky Weston, Alexandra Boaru.
To view from the street
The façade of 6 Caroline Place will be hung with Lucy Soni's The Stars are Aligned misappropriating the naval tradition of dressed overall - the hanging of all flags out in celebration without intent of sending a signal message.
Venue: Gallery Lock In, Little Western Street, Brighton BN1 2PU
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