Re-raising ConsciousnessCurated by Katherine Hattam, Harriet Morgan and Fayen d’Evie
TCB Art Inc., Melbourne
November 13 - 29
In the late 1960s, consciousness-raising groups sprung up, first in New York, then quickly spreading across the United States and beyond. In apartments and suburban living rooms, women met to discuss their personal experiences and, through hearing and speaking out individual stories of conflict and oppression, came to recognise systemic patterns. Some women found the discussions trivial, but for many, participation proved radicalising. For a generation of women across Melbourne, the consciousness-raising movement provoked a shift in perception; what had seemed merely personal became fundamentallypolitical.
Through a participatory, performative installation, Katherine Hattam, Harriet Morgan and Fayen d’Evie will curate a programme of events that mobilise a contemporary audience to revisit methods, texts and
philosophies of the consciousness-raising groups, including relevant historical artist contributions. Featuring artworks from an intergenerational group of female artists, the exhibition space will be set as a temporary living room that will provide a site for formal group activities and also personal-political conversation in-between events.
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Re: Sweeping Exchanges: Notes on the Feminist Body Politic by Abbra Kotlarczyk, published June 2015, un Magazine (Issue 9.1)
Re-Raising Consciousness - TCB Art Inc.
images © Clare Rae 2014
Sweeping Exchanges (Lucy)
Digital print on rag, Di-Bond
44cm x 44cm
Exhibition poster (image by Katherine Hattam)