Narratives of self-existence have not historically included women, queer, or trans bodies with equal agency as male figures, thus resulting in restricting constructs of identity and self-worth. In Peripheries, a group exhibition featuring artists Anthony Cudahy, Liang Fu, Erin M. Riley, Maddalena Tesser, Keioui Keijaun Thomas and Kristian Touborg societal norms of selfhood are challenged through representation, while the body emerges as a site for exploration and transcendence.
Wielding a diversity of visual practices, the artists present works where figures loom large and abstractions give way to representations of the corporeal. The exhibition is unveiled through painting, performance, assemblage, and textile works. Oil, acrylic, and watercolours on canvas reveal a plethora of ideas; intimate contradictions of the self, transformation through memory, and healing trauma through the body. Digitally printed fabrics, weaved and hand- dyed tapestries, and a single film coalesce emotively, inviting viewers to imagine the limitless potential of the body as both a tool and a subject. Many of the artists presented seek to circumvent limiting social principles of belief by sharing untold stories, and celebrating the emotional fragility of the human experience. Each artist, in their unique practice, works to upend that which we think we know about ourselves and the world.
Artists: Anthony Cudahy, Liang Fu, Erin M. Riley, Maddalena Tesser, Keioui Keijaun Thomas, Kristian Touborg