Midsummer Madness - Desperate Artwives Takeover

24 Jun 2017

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Leyden Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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Desperate Artwives stage a ‘takeover’ of Leyden Gallery and present a curated program of performances and interventions.


Midsummer Madness with the Desperate Artwives looks to reflect upon and tease out important and frequently dismissed conversations, giving voice to certain concerns with a feminist commitment. Mother Artists will use their experiences as raw materials, blurring boundaries between Art and Activism, presenting alternative approaches of artistic production by focusing on personal experience as a legitimate and valid creative subject matter. 

Midsummer Madness is an uncertain term evoking and blending divergent sentiments such as pleasure and dejection, fun and chaos.  Midsummer itself elicits a kind of madness in us all, where days are long and nights are short and hot. Madness throughout history has gone hand in hand with female identity, from the burning of witches to the locking up in asylums of women who didn’t fit the patriarchal prototype. Furthermore motherhood can bring with it ambivalent feelings, happiness, depression, overwhelming pressure and exhaustion, intense love, mind numbing boredom. Motherhood itself plunges you into a kind of madness.

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Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art

London, United Kingdom


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