Stanley Picker Gallery
Your Tongue in my Mouth
Exhibition Launch Sat 31 May 2-4pm
Artists: Terry Atkinson, John Akomfrah: The Stuart Hall Project, Ellen Cantor, Peter Harris, Alexis Hunter, Sarah Jones, Karen Knorr, Janette Parris, Bob and Roberta Smith, Heather Sparks and Jo Spence
This exhibition, curated by Kingston PhD researcher Esther Windsor, opens alongside the 2014 Degree Show, and takes its title from Luce Irigaray’s interrogation of language and love. It features artists working with photography and conceptual practices, including archival 1970s and 1980s works by Alexis Hunter, Karen Knorr and Jo Spence alongside a series of contemporary artists, whose works all use the visceral and material experience of life; the exhibition locates subjects of gender, ethnicity and class as strategies for thinking about anxiety and precarious consciousness in a neo-liberal 21st century society.
Your Tongue in my Mouth serves as an accompaniment to Esther Windsor’s curatorial PhD research study entitled Ugly Beast, a curator’s novel telling the story of a series of art world characters on the therapist’s couch, including a teacher, an artist, a dealer and a gallery director. Cut loose from institutions, families, structures, ways of thinking, knowing and even speaking, the novel’s characters struggle to find a voice and self-determination.