Kerry and Gemma approached me with their idea for this exhibition earlier in the year and I was intrigued by the idea of the juxtaposition between old and new and the idea of a walk in Cabinet of Curiosities.
This is what Kerry and Gemma have to say about For Our Freedom Years, currently on at Town House
‘for our freedom years is a reaction to womens’ ‘culture’, to the idea that as women we share the same ideals, beliefs, ethos and problems, fundamentally the same identity. An identity that is expected and in many cases embraced by many females in today’s mainstream society. The name, of both the exhibition and collective, stemmed from a well known glossy womens’ magazine whose aim is to guide us through our ‘freedom years’. They want to be a friend to young British women who ‘shop when they want, go clubbing when they want and they don’t have millstones like mortgages and kids around their necks’. This doesn’t feel particularly relevant to us, part of their target audience, who can’t quite comprehend why our freedom must disappear.
This exhibition will draw upon and utilize our own experiences as women in order to re-evaluate the notions of femininity. The show will be held in Town House, a homely antiques dealership where the work will interact with the objects and space, transforming it into a collection of female oddities. We have worked with the atmosphere of Townhouse in order to create an installation, where the antiques and art interact, the anti white walled gallery. The space will become a part of the work, creating a walk through cabinet of curiosities.
for our freedom years was curated by Gemma Donovan and Kerry Clark, with the intention of creating a platform for discussion surrounding the way females position themselves within contemporary culture. Both of the artists work with the stereotypes of women and how they view themselves within them. This show hopes to create a network with individuals who share our ideals, rather than those ideals placed on us by popular culture.’
for our freedom years Gemma Donovan and Kerry Clark at Town House
28 October – 11 November
private view 28 November 6 – 9pm
Tuesday – Saturday 11.30 – 6.00