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.

Square Peg, Circle Gallery, Sheffield

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Jan 162018
 

Square Peg, an ArtCan Members exhibition at the Circle Gallery, Sheffield, is open 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, curated by my good friend, Kate Enters–lovely to have her visiting Sheffield to put it together! Exhibition catalogue online here.

I used the opportunity to show photographs from the Library Theatre.