Imaginary Territories

Lucille Martin, Jo Darbyshire, Toni Wilkinson, Kirstin Berg, Kelsey Ashe

Opening Event: Friday 16 Oct, 6.30pm-8.30pm
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Dark Swan Exhibitions Presents: Imaginary Territories
Lucille Martin, Jo Darbyshire, Toni Wilkinson, Kirstin Berg and Kelsey Ashe
With a collaborative ‘Exquisite Corpse’* installation, birthed in an Opening night performance, accompanied by Classical Solo Harpist Michelle Smith.

Imaginary Territories explores the concept of a ‘territory’ as a domain of the inner world – a representation that expresses an ‘internal truth’. Through this Surrealist lens, the artists’ territories are simultaneously real and imagined, explored into being; a place where both conscious and subconscious realities are envisioned. It has become especially important in an era of environmental/world crisis and political divisiveness to conceive new realities, new territories. Surrealism has historically outlined a path back to mythic structures to produce new visions, via its innate inward-looking viewpoint that often unites nature/animal/myth with a political/defiant vision. Imaginary Territories allows artists to imagine topographies that overcome earthbound borders, barriers and displacements. The exhibition embarks on an odyssey that is global in outlook, acknowledging the centenary of the emergence of Surrealist modes of artistic inquiry from Paris in the early 1920s, which spread worldwide, right to the ends of the earth, into the far-away Antipodes.

*Exquisite corpse (from the original French term cadavre exquis), is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence by being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person contributed.

The ‘birthing’ of a life size ‘exquisite corpse’ will involve the WA women artists working on a section of a woman’s body (Head, torso, womb, feet) independently for 3 months, only revealing the body in its entirety for the first time as a Live installation on opening night. The piece will capture the spirit of the original surrealists’ motivations to access collective consciousness through collaborative making. The Live installation of the artwork will highlight both individual and collective practice and an insight into the inner worlds, thoughts and imaginings of these women artists during an unprecedented era of global upheaval and change.

In Editorial Partnership with The Debutante; Feminist Surrealist Oddysses (UK) Dr. Kelsey Ashe (Co-Editor).

The Exhibition Imaginary Territories is supported by The Department of Culture and the Arts.

Image courtesy of Kelsey Ashe