A peek at ‘Écriture Féminine’

In February 2016 Edgar Modern will hold a multi-artist exhibition entitled ‘Écriture Féminine’, curated by recent UWE MA Curating graduate Jennifer Dudley.

Hélène Cixous first coined the term ‘écriture féminine’ in her 1975 essay, “The Laugh of the Medusa”, where she asserts “woman must write her self: must write about women and bring women to writing, from which they have been driven away as violently as from their bodies”. As pertinent to the visual arts as to literature, écriture féminine is the concept of women being empowered to represent themselves and their personal histories, thus creatively exploring their social roles and status in the world.

This multi-artist exhibition will explore contemporary depictions of women existing outside of the art historical tradition of the ‘male gaze’. These women are not passive nudes, framed for the viewer’s scopophilic pleasure – they are strong, sensual storytellers, narrating their own stories.

Here at Edgar Modern we represent a number of wonderful female artists producing work that’s relevant to this theme and are delighted to be showing work from Henrietta Dubrey, Roxana Halls, Toni Cogdell and Rachael Read (Rain). We would also like to announce our three guest artists for this exhibition: Corinna Spencer, Caroline Yates and Emma Copley who we are very excited to be working with. See below for a first peek at some of the works we will be showing:

The exhibition will open with an afternoon Open View on Saturday 20 February, 1 – 5pm and continue in the gallery until 6 March 2016.


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