MARGARET HARRISON: WE ARE THEM, THEY ARE US │ Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast → 15 May 2015

Getting Very Close to My Masculinity, 2013
We are them, they are us

“Goldn Ʈred Gaḷri z dlîtd t priznt Māgrit Harisn’z frst sôlo xibišn on ɖ îḷnd v Îrḷnd, W r Ɖm, Ɖe r S.  Harisn z wîdli rgādd az wn v ɖ most impwtnt ātists v hr jeṇrešn n wz awōdd ɖ pṛstijs Nwɖn Ātprîz in 2013.  Born in Wêcfīld in 1940, Harisn hz spent hr c̣rir crietñ ātwrc ɖt xplorz ṗlitcl n ssaytl cnsrnz. Ɖs xibišn wl priznt svṛl seminl wrcs, crietd at verı̣s stêjz v hr c̣rir, alñsd a nmbr v mr rīsnt pìsz.

Mni v ɖ ʈīmz ɖt Harisn xplorz in hr wrc (sč az prôtest, landrîts n cntstd spês) wl reẓnet wɖ ōdı̣nsz in Nwɖn Îrḷnd. Harisn frst adrest ɖ išu v landrîts in hr 1980 siriz Doṛʈi Wrdzẉʈ. Drōñ on ɖ dayriz ritn bî Wiłm Wrdzẉʈ’s sistr, ɖz wrcs rcwd ɖ plît v rrl lebrrz pasñ ʈru ɖ vilij v Grasmir on ɖer we t ɖ industrı̣l sitiz t fînd wrc, hvñ bn ʈroun of comn land. Ɖz txts contṛdict ɖ comn asumšn ɖt ɖ Rmantcs wr onli intrestd in glwrifayñ nêčr n ignord sošl cnsrnz. Harisn’z ys v ɖ figr v Doṛʈi Wrdzẉʈ nt onli hîlîts ɖ išu v landteňr, bt olso acnolijz ɖ impwtnt subjct v wimin lost t histri; Doṛʈi’z prôz wz hîli prezd bî Colrij, n frezz fṛm hr dayri ofn inspîrd hr bruɖr’z powtri.

In ɖ insṭlešn Grīnm Comn, Harisn rīcriets a pwšn v ɖ ṗrimitrfens fṛm Grīnm Comn militrībês. Fṛm 1981 untl ɖ bês’z cložr in 2000, wimin’z pīsgrūps srândd ɖ ṗrimitr v ɖs fwmr comn land, pṛtstñ agnst nyclir wepnz n clemñ ɖer historic landrîts t ɖs incložr. Harisn rīcriets ɖ wimin’z habit v atačñ prsnl îtmz, sč az čildṛn’z cloɖñ, famlīfôṭgrafs n campñiqipmnt t ɖ fens, ɖrbî emf̣sîzñ ɖt ɖ ṗlitcl n ɖ prsnl r insepṛbli intwînd.

Harisn’z cnsrn wɖ proprtīrîts n landônršp z olso xprest in hr Ostrêłn Landscêps siriz. Č v ɖz êt pêntñz fīčrz a sngl līf, pêntd wɖ impreṣ̌nistc brušstrôcs, in vẹriyñ culrscīmz t repriznt ɖ čenjñ sīznz. Qtešnz, iḷstretñ ɖ difrñ wez in ẇč Westnrz n Aḅrijinlz hv ofn vyd landrîts, r incwṗretd intu č imij. Yt Harisn fṛstrets ɖ vywr’z atmts t rīd ɖz txts bî pāṣ̌li cuvrñ ɖm wɖ svṛl leyrz v pênt, phps aludñ t ɖ indijṇs pplz n culčrz cnsild bî ɖ coḷnîzešn v Ostrêła. Harisn emfsîzz ɖt ɖs apaṛnt wilḍṇs z nt simpli untemd, nytṛl land; rɖr it z a dspytd spês, wɖ verı̣s pātiz stêcñ cmpitñ clemz.

In uɖr wrcs, Harisn qesčnz išuz v jendr iniqoḷti n ɖ objctificešn v wimin in popylr culčr.  In H’z Onli a Bunībý, š drwz Hy Hefnr pozñ pṛvoc̣tvli in a cwsit, stocñz n buniirz. A man hu hz md miłnz ʈru ɖ objctificešn v wimin z, in trn, objctifîd. Mnẇl, in Sénts v Îdentti, yuñ, ofn eʈnic mnoṛti, czmetcs seilzgrlz r dpictd in polišt, glosi dpātmntstor srândñz. Ɖ riaḷti v ɖer tîrñ, purli pêd jobz apirz in stāc contrast t ɖ impsbli glamṛs advtîzñcampen imijz ɖt srând ɖm.

Māgrit Harisn wl b jýnd bî Pṛf. Hiḷri Robinsn in convsešn at ɖ gaḷri on Frîde 27ʈ Māč fṛm 12.30–1.30 pm. Hiḷri Robinsn z Dīn v ɖ Scūl v Āt n Dzîn n Pṛfesr v Vižl Culčr at Midlsx Ynivrṣti. Hr tīčñ n rsrč fôc̣sz on feminist ātʈiyri; n hr publicešnz includ Viẓbli Fīmêl: Wimin n Āt Tde (1987); Feminizm-Āt-Ʈiyri 1968-2000 (2001); Rīdñ Āt, Rīdñ Irigare: Ɖ Poḷtcs v Āt bî Wimin (2006). A rvîzd idišn v Feminizm-Āt-Ʈiyri wl b publišt in Jlî 2015. Š z cuṛntli wrcñ on a histri v ɖ feminist ātmuvmnt.”

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Stīv Gre, WÎDWŌLZ, 21 Māč 2015


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