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November 16, 2010

What was the Rally to Restore Sanity about? Why was it important?

Washington DC, Rally to Restore Sanity

It isn’t that we shouldn’t hold strong values and opinions. It is that those values and opinions ought to be based in fact and reported to others with civility. It isn’t that we should compromise those values and opinions. It is that we have to live in a world where actual compromise is necessary to survive. It is that we have hair dressers and family members and friends and coworkers who are going to disagree with us, sometimes vehemently and sometimes on a lot of different topics, and we have to recognize that they are human and probably not evil. We have to recognize that just like we don’t want to hurt the country, they probably don’t want to either. -Art at the Auction

"Be the Hammer or the Anvil" Exhibition in Dundee, Scotland: Fetishism and the Female.

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In September, I met Catriona McAra at the ‘Violence and Reconciliation’ conference at Exeter University – I wrote up a bit about her panel here . I recently heard about a new project that she is working on: an all female group show in Dundee responding to the notion of fetishism and the female.

Taking its title from Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch’s novella Venus In Furs, the show aims to explore each artist’s individual approach to fetishism and materiality through newly commissioned bodies of work. The exhibition will also include a small pop-up library of subject associated literature on loan from the Glasgow Women’s Library. McAra has been commissioned to produce two text accompaniments, one of which will materialise after a week working alongside the artists at GENERATOR projects.

It’s an exciting project working through women’s art and surrealism, and I wanted to highlight it on my blog. It is taking place until December 5th 2010 in the GENERATOR artist space in Dundee. For directions, see this link .

Hammer or Anvil Exhibition, Dundee, 2010


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