Words Freya Langley
POWERHOUSE curators, Kate Power and Brigid Noone hope to open an ongoing dialogue about women's representation, collectivity and power within the arts through their latest collaboration, Vote For Me. The exhibition features feminist contemporary art playing with the ideas of self-promotion and women’s collective presence in art, rather than the heroism of solo artistry. A driving focus being the idea of self-promotion and the promotion and significance of womens' practices in the arts.
The two-week long, multi-venue exhibition kicked off at Fontanelle Gallery and Studio with performance pieces from Sydney collaboration, Hissy Fit and artist and curator, Frances Barrett. With clear influences from techno-horror and rave culture, Hissy Fit’s Heaven delivers a bold, in your face theatrical performance which challenges gendered pop-culture iconography. The trio deliver a cleverly defiant, hyper-gendered performance piece to heavy, techno music - capturing the audience’s full attention at each turn.
Fontanelle is also featuring Frances Barrett's 2015 performance piece, The Wrestle, in which she wrestles to double her artist's fee in a freestyle competition against 48-hour Incident curator, Toby Chapman.
POWERHOUSE is curating all-female exhibitions across Fontanelle, FELTspace and Format throughout September as part of Vote for Me. In holding thee exhibitions across a range of spaces at the same time, the duo hope to take up space with feminist works and demand space for female artists.
POWERHOUSE presents: Vote for Me
Fontanelle: 4th September to 2nd October
FELTspace: 7th September to 24th September
Mia van den Bos
Format Gallery: 8th September to 29th September
Elvis Richardson and Virginia Fraser