About'Invisible Adversaries' brings together a range of international artists whose work explores gender relations. Each body of contemporary work is counterposed with a historical work from 1693 to the present, that forwards a contrary point of view. The artists ask what Goya asked in 1820: are irrationality and inequality umbilically linked? Or are they simply part and parcel of our horrifying selves?
All of the contemporaries start from the recognition that in every modern society, fundamental inequalities have persisted. They propose that to instigate real change it may be necessary to imagine the opposite sex as adversaries. Many of the artists create outlandish allegorical images - primarily using the camera - to re-examine our myths of what femininity and masculinity stand for, and to invert or satirically celebrate the existing set of power relations between the sexes.