Dancing at the edge of the world: Saelia Aparicio, Charlotte Colbert, Monika Grabuschnigg, Zsòfia Keresztes, Alexi Marshall, Lindsey Mendick, Florence Peake, Paloma Proudfoot, Megan Rooney, Eve Stainton

curated by Marcelle Joseph

Dancing at the Edge of the World

curated by Marcelle Joseph  


‘...when women speak truly, they speak subversively -- they can't help it:

if you're underneath, if you're kept down, you break out, you subvert.

We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth,

as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains’.


- Ursula K. Le Guin [Bryn Mawr Commencement Address (1986)in Dancing at the Edge of the World (1989)]


Appropriating the title of Ursula K. Le Guin’s 1989 non-fiction collection, Dancing at the Edge of the World, this group exhibition envisions a futuristic, alternative world where humankind speaks what Le Guin calls the ‘mother tongue’, the language that encourages relations, networks and exchanges, instead of the forked ‘father tongue’ – the language of power spoken by ‘Civilised Man’ who sees the rest of society in a terminal dichotomy of subject/object, self/other, male/female, mind/body, active/passive, Man/Nature, dominant/submissive. The exhibition itself will be a centre of subversive feminist activity where the body – fleshy, often leaky and sometimes desirous - is omnipresent but never separated from the mind.