Opening: Friday 17 March, 6-9pm
Visual book club: Saturday 25 March, 1pm
@ Bosse & Baum, temporary project space
Vanessa da Silva
Bosse & Baum have invited the artists Guendalina Cerutti, Vanessa da Silva, Lindsey Mendick, Paloma Proudfoot, Rosie Reed and Rosie Vohra to use an unoccupied part of the gallery to show a body of work titled Herland.
Drawing on the feminist sci-fi classic, Herland, the artists involved wish to disprove stereotypical expectations of what an all-female environment fosters, just as the women of Herland surprise the expectations of the trio of male intruders in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s novella. What the explorers find is neither a warring nation of cat-fighting women nor a subservient acquiescing nun-like society but a utopia of fiercely independent and physically empowered yet respectful women, living together in peace and without hunger.
Bosse & Baum have invited these 6 artists on a residency, with 1 week to work with 1 another and respond to the space. The artists will organise a private view for the evening of 17th March that will include performances and readings from the novella. Then on Saturday 25th Bosse & Baum and Herland will be hosting their first visual book club. We will be inviting the public to come to the gallery and discuss the novels important themes of feminism, sisterhood and utopias in relation to the artworks on display.
Whilst Herland is not strictly a part of the gallery programme, we believe in making use of opportunities to share our space when able to. With an open vision and sensibility, this makes sense to us, even though a commercial gallery. We are working together to provide opportunities for artists to exhibit their work, and for new audiences to learn about both their work and the gallery. As we develop, we are always trying out new ways of working, and this is one example.