i think with my body - rachael haynes
Rachael Haynes’ art practice engages with feminist ethics, archives and activism by examining the social and personal constructs of language and gender. This new exhibition is part of the ongoing Project for the Affirmation of the Voice, and addresses the polyvocal nature of contemporary feminism. These drawings, sound and fabric works are focused on the intersections of language, gender politics and representation as observed in social practices, material archives and cultural texts. Taking as a starting point the provocation that, ‘small acts of resistance can create change’, this body of work draws specifically on protest language from feminist social history archives.
Works (left to right)
Pocket Protest (Suffragette Song) 2019. Belgian linen, denim and quilting cotton. 85x75 cm (irregular) each.
Marching Banner (Angry) 2016-19. Belgian linen, quilting cotton. 150x185cm.
Protest Scores (I think with my body) 2019. Ink and pencil on watercolour paper. 30x20 cm each.
Mind Body Duet 2019. Ink and pencil on watercolour paper, tape, metronomes and yoga mat.
keep your dukes up - sarah tickle
Sarah Tickle is an Adelaide-based emerging artist who graduated with Honours in 2015 from Adelaide Central School of Art. Tickle uses the medium of video and installation art to explore the impact cinema and gender non-conformity has had on her life.
As a result of mental illness, Tickle was housebound for years starting in her formative teenage years. During this time, Tickle found the only people she identified with, and learnt from, were the gender non-conformist characters from the big screen. These young and wild girls, played by actors such as Jodie Foster and Mary Stewart Masterson, never apologised for being their true selves. They provided Tickle with a strong sense of community.
Tickle’s work explores the connection one can have with a character from the big screen, in Tickle’s case, the gender non-conformists (tomboys). Tickle’s work provides the viewer an experience of the feelings/connection she has with these independent characters. This is not sexual attraction or fandom: it’s a powerful bond which Tickle is only beginning to understand herself.
Keep your dukes up, 2018 -2019, projectors, punching bag, dimensions varies, NFS
unknowing - Zoë bastin
Unknowing is part of an ongoing performance project, exploring how choreography that uses sculptural materials creates a sense of estrangement from one’s own body. Choreography is informed by a confrontation with material, an abstracted fleshy mass the same weight as the performers own body. Bastin works in-between sculpture and dance creating choreography, objects, videos, photos and performances. Exploring the materiality of bodies and objects, her practice re-imagines her body and its connection to spatial, material and social contexts. Sculpture approximates the body through material while dance re-creates experiences using the body itself.