GIANTS is a feminist exploration of dress and adornment.
This exhibition challenges our social order that, still in 2019, often places women second to men and points out misogynistic behaviours that reinforce this order. GIANTS suggests dress as a universal, non-verbal and accessible language that can be used as a tool to subvert gender conditioning.
Just as large and powerful giants possess extraordinary powers, dress can communicate endless meaning. It allows the wearer to establish identity. It is an extension of self, a second-skin and provides physical and emotional protection. Dress can have powerful healing effects when we use it to modify our bodies. It is also an indicator of collective consciousness and a marker for change in our mass mental outlook.
The diversity of these hand-made wearables and sculptures relates to the multiplicity and complexity of womankind and are made from an assortment of readily available materials such as fibre, wire, recycled tyre inner tubes, yoga-mats and timber.
As a metaphor for breaking senseless social norms and shifting people’s mindsets these pieces were made using processes of destruction and reassembly. Bright colours and exaggerated proportions emphasise the significance of inhabiting space unapologetically in a social power structure that often demands meekness and compliance.
Through the personal and social meaning imbued in these hand-made objects, GIANTS suggests that social action and change can be achieved through simple means; from the simple act of dress, of putting something on the body.
Thursday 1 August to Wednesday 25 September 2019
- Mobility access