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She Absorbed and Endured an Infinity of Small Rebuffs


Wed 22 Nov 2017, 11:00am–5:00pm
Thu 23 Nov 2017, 11:00am–5:00pm
Fri 24 Nov 2017, 11:00am–5:00pm
Sat 25 Nov 2017, 11:00am–5:00pm
Sun 26 Nov 2017, 11:00am–5:00pm

Where: Soma Art Gallery, 421 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free
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Listed by: helani

She Absorbed and Endured an Infinity of Small Rebuffs is an exhibition by Melbourne-based artists Amelia Dowling and Helani Laisk opening Friday 17 November at 6pm.

The exhibition presents the idea of women at work: working, working out, working it out. Amelia Dowling and Helani Laisk exhibit a combination of textiles, photography, painting, installation, performance and audio-visual work to express their experiences and interpretations of female physical and emotional endurance.

A quote taken from Helen Garner’s 1977 novel Monkey Grip, the exhibition title describes a female character’s stamina in the face of life's everyday challenges: the friction between and emotional turbulence as a result of relationships constantly in flux, repetitious and reflexive emotional habits, and ingrained sexism, all the while living as part of, and moving through the fabric of Melbourne city.

The artists’ distinct methods and styles create an energetic dynamic. Their joint explorations of body politics recontextualise gendered spaces, materials and activities, and disrupt expectations and associations of original purpose, function and design. Domestic habits, rituals and objects are used to explore the cultural expectations of women to perform, and the systemic societal assumptions of female labour that are driven by hidden and intangible forces. Works serve a multitude of roles—emotional armour, 'active wear', a uniform; a show and celebration of strength and vulnerability.

Title credit: Monkey Grip by Helen Garner, 1977, pg. 238