Taking the act of looking as a starting point, the artists who have collectivised as Practice in Dialogue explore questions of female subjectivity, representation and power in contemporary Western culture. Who is made visible – or excluded – and how they are represented in culture is highly political and impacts on people’s lives in numerous intersectional ways. At the same time, the act of looking is never neutral, where we look from and our privilege or marginalisation shapes what we see. The Australian feminist philosopher Elizabeth Grosz asserts that feminism is deeply engaged with the issue of representation primarily because women’s invisibility in dominant culture was one of the catalysts for the women’s liberation movement. Visual art remains a key site of cultural (re)production and is in direct dialogue with mainstream culture: the two visual fields borrowing imagery from each other in a reciprocal and cannibalistic relationship.
In Whose Eyes? is a collaborative exhibition by Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall and Practice in Dialogue jointly curated by Beaconsfield, Rose Gibbs and Catherine Long. The exhibition is supported by Arts Council England, the Swedish Arts Council and CCW Graduate School. Beaconsfield events for Art Night London are additionally supported by Lambeth Council and Cockayne Foundation.