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Viewing Pleasure and Being A Showgirl, How Do I Look?

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Jul 162018
 

The book that emerges from my PhD thesis was recently published by Routledge. 

About the book: 

Drawing on interviews with a breadth of different showgirls, from shows in Paris, Las Vegas, Berlin, and Los Angeles, as well as her own artworks and those by other contemporary and historical artists, this book examines the experiences of showgirls and those who watch them, to challenge the narrowness of representations and discussions around what has been termed ‘sexualisation’ and ‘the gaze’. An account of the experience of being ‘looked at’, the book raises questions of how the showgirl is represented, the nature of the pleasure that she elicits and the suspicion that surrounds it, and what this means for feminism and the act of looking.

An embodied articulation of a new politics of looking, Viewing Pleasure and Being a Showgirl engages with the idea (reinforced by feminist critique) that images of women are linked to selling and that women’s bodies have been commodified in capitalist culture, raising the question of whether this enables particular bodies – those of glamorous women on display – to become scapegoats for our deeper anxieties about consumerism.

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Square Peg, Circle Gallery, Sheffield

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Jan 162018
 

Square Peg, and ArtCan Members exhibition at the Circle Gallery, Sheffield, from 2 February – 30 March 2018. The show restricts works to 2ft x 2ft dimensions and considers artist’s experiences of being square pegs in round holes. 

The Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality

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Jan 162018
 

A chapter I have written on the representation of strippers in the media and contemporary art has been published. It is in the Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality by Clarissa Smith, Feona Attwood and Brian McNair.

In it, I write about pop videos, films, popular feminist critical perspectives, academic writing, and activism. I also write about artworks including the Girlie Show by Edward Hopper, Lucky 13 by Philip-Lorca Di Corca, The Politics of Rehearsal by Francis Alys, Abstraction Licking by Christina Lucas, Cosey Fanni Tutti’s collages, Strip by Jemima Stehli, performance pieces Strike a Pose by Kate Spence, and Sister by  Rosana and Amy Cade.

 

 

Report on Knowledge/Library Interventions

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Jun 082016
 

Chelsea Collage of Art Library is showing the Sharon Kivland’s Report on Knowledge/Library Interventions, Monday 23 May to Friday 17 June. I took part in the project and for it, I photography the naughty bits. Sharon’s choice of image from the many I took is on display.

Clerkenwell Gallery Group Show

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Jun 082016
 
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Iya / Madame JoJos, 2016



Three pieces are included in a group show at Clerkenwell Gallery this week, the show is up until Sunday, do pop along if you get the chance. Here’s a peek at my pieces in the show.


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