The exhibition’s title is derived from the 1974 cult film by director John Waters. Waters is well known for irreverent films often featuring drag queens in female roles that break boundaries and subvert heteronormative assumptions. The oppositional elements of glamour and abjection, interior and exterior, real and fake are important elements in Waters’ oeuvre, and are further explored by the artists in Female Trouble. Water’s catalogue of work celebrates characters that break free from their social constraints, his films focus on overcoming repression and smashing the normative values and constructs that seek to subdue individual thinking and expression.
Citroen, Roberts and Quevedo are unique artists that have carved out individual styles discernible by humorous and theatrical elements. The artists employ installation as a means to explore their shared and abiding interest in surface and façade. Citroen, Roberts and Quevedo have very different styles and concerns and yet similarly are artists that utilise visually seductive materials that simultaneously reference the culture of the throwaway, the stand-in, the facsimile and the fake.
Female Trouble takes place in the gallery at The Bomb Factory Art Foundation with supporting 2D works displayed in local shop fronts in and around Archway. The exhibition closing party will take place on Saturday October 7th with live performances by the artist Liv Fontaine.
Open daily: 12-6PM
Exhibition preview: Thursday 28.09.17 6-9PM
OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND: 30.09.17 & 01.10.17 12-6PM
Artist Q&A led by curator Hannah Thorne 'FINDING SOLUTIONS: Pragmatic Approaches to Art-Making': Saturday 30.09.17 6-8PM
Film Screening FEMALE TROUBLE: Sunday 01.10.17 6-8PM
Finissage & Live performance by Liv Fontaine: Saturday 07.10.17 7-9:30PM
FEMALE TROUBLE is funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, with kind donations from AbsolutePrint & the Peruvian Embassy in London. FEMALE TROUBLE is made possible by the generous support of local businesses: Hanley Estate Agency, Map Gift Shop, Tesco, Crisis, & St John's the Evangelist Church.