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.