Relating Narratives – A Common World of Women

This exhibition explores the way in which women look to other women - friends, sisters, mothers, writers, poets - to construct an alternative register within which to situate themselves and mediate their relationship with the world.

at The Horse Hospital

The works in this exhibition recall the practice of feminist groups in 1970s Italy where women sought to generate, en-gender and construct a symbolic community, a genealogy of women. They did this both through the friendships within the group as well as the reading and the re-reading of writings, thoughts, words and insights of other women. Many of these groups emerged out of the adult education courses provided by the state for factory workers and housewives who in many instances had left school very young.

The new friendships were set apart from the women’s work and domestic spheres: these groups gave them the freedom not to be defined in relation to their husbands, their children, but in relation to other women and their writing. This enabled the women to construct new frames of reference within which to define and situate their identities.

This exhibition draws together a number of artists whose practice takes on a similar task –that of representing the women in their worlds, that of building a common world of women. A public programme of talks, screenings and readings will accompany the exhibition.

Curated by Rose Gibbs

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Opening Times
8 - 29 September 2018
Monday to Saturday, 12-6pm

The Horse Hospital