Brace expands on Herbstein’s ongoing research into gendered labour and workspaces, including the typically masculine territory of the building site. The project will also continue the artist and Jupiter Woods' mutual research on historical and contemporary forms of feminist organising, addressing these questions in relation to architecture and the formation of space. Cooperatives and groups studied include Matrix Architectural Group, Women in Manual Trades and the Women in Construction course in Glasgow. Herbstein is also actively involved in Slaghammers, a feminist welding collective in Glasgow, which plays a crucial part in the project.
Brace draws on material from the archive of Take Root, a women’s self-build group from the 1990’s. Working closely with minutes taken from the group’s meetings, moments have been developed into scenarios and restaged by members of Slaghammers. Layering and sharing experiences of organising, these segments will feature in a film newly produced for the exhibition. This will sit alongside The House That Jill Built (1994), a film-documentary produced by the Glasgow Film and Video Workshop on the story of Take Root. Herbstein’s involvement with Slaghammers closely informs the work throughout, with metal support structures collaboratively built and installed to house her film and research.
Featuring archival material, sculpture and film, the exhibition will enable past, present and future conversations to inform one another and address modes of building space. WithBrace, we wish to reflect on the way archives can be dealt with and activated, and how histories of organising can be revisited, re-enacted and learnt from.
Winnie Herbstein (b. 1989 in London) graduated from the Glasgow School of Art and works primarily in video, text and sculpture. Recent work has considered gendered spaces and materials, whilst thinking about ways in which we can live our lives differently.
Solo shows include: STUDWORK, Glasgow International (2018); Riprap, Atelier am Ecke. Düsseldorf, Germany (2018); Before I could speak, X spoke, Outpost Gallery. Norwich, England (2017); Soft Shoulder, SWG3 Gallery. Glasgow, Scotland (2016). Group Exhibitions include: Social Event, Glasgow International (2018); Citizens, Hospitalfield Arts. Arbroath, Scotland (2017); Domestic Observations, Jace Space, Los Angeles (2016).
Two offsite screening and in-conversation events have been organised in partnership with South London Gallery, exploring labour and film production, and placing Herbstein's research in dialogue with other works and practitioners.
The events will be held in The Clore Studio at South London Gallery.
Wednesday, 1 May, 7pm
Building Space: Tool and Toil
Saturday, 4 May, 3pm
Building Space: Housing and Resistance
The exhibition is kindly supported by Arts Council England