With the support of Arts Council England Cusworth undertook an extended period of research in Senegal with WAAW Centre for Art. The artist wanted to deepen her understanding of the tangled relationship between women’s role as ‘other’ to the male, and the colonised cultures role as ‘the other’ to ‘civilised’ society. Cusworth wanted to engage with her responsibilities in re-performing ‘primitivisation’ as a way of challenging the terms of civilisation that marks women as primitive, and question the use of the exotic body in portrayals of witchcraft and other supernatural entities.
Exhibition ‘Gris Gris’ has been informed by the Senegalese fisherman’s tales of magical amulets, river goddesses and sacrificial rituals.
We open 15.00 - 18.00 Saturday 24th January for a preview afternoon of new sculptural works. A selection of Senegalse teas will be served.