This new sculptural performance commandeers the rural landscape as a feminist heterotopia. Drawing upon documents relating to the Enclosures, in which women were displaced and marginalised through the privatisation of the commons (Federici, 2004), this piece comprises a series of small island constructions in the landscape that provide heterotopian standpoints for the audience, as an offering to the women from whom the land was originally taken. The witches, the heretics, the commoners. Through women’s labour, earth is carved, clawed, shovelled, carried, dropped, sculpted, reshaped and reformed with implements and bare hands. The heterotopia is created, a placed frame that ‘exerts a sort of counteraction’ against the occupied position (Foucault, 1970). Carving out a space for women, in a world that is collapsing under the weight of late capitalism, holds political resonance.
Programmed as part of Art and the Rural Imagination a More Than Ponies conference in partnership with Arts University Bournemouth.
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