Twelve artists, working in film and photography, are showing work exploring the concept of the intersectional gaze and the politics of spectatorship for the opening exhibition of ] G A Z E [ contemporary art space.
The fantasised gaze turns the subject into an object; the subject under the gaze is captured in the field of vision, inspiring a feeling of self-consciousness and alienation. The gaze as non-reciprocal; the fantasy of an invisible, external gaze is not always reassuring. To revisit the concept of the gaze, from Laura Mulvey's original text, 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema' (1975), and address intersectional debates in light of social and political changes. To explore new ways of thinking about the pleasures and pains of looking and being looked at; by reassessing experiences of objectification and empowerment, draws attention to the intersectionality of the gaze. 'A Volatile Gaze' features artists who are less visible in the contemporary art sector and are not currently represented in this particular region. Featured artists - Greig Burgoyne, Thomas Jack Brown, Shaista Chishty, Sammy Holden, Thyme James, Frances Kay, Olivia Rowland, Ravinder Surah, Rebekah Thurston, Claudia Ungersbäck, Eva Wang and Charlotte Yao.