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Gray Swartzel: Mother Tongue No. II

November 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - November 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

Exhibition Opening: Friday November 17th, 7–10pm
Public Hours: November 18th and 19th, 3 – 6pm

“A little light enters me. Something inside me begins to stir. Barely. Something new has moved me. As though I’d taken a first step inside myself. As if a breath of air had penetrated a completely petrified being, unsticking its mass. Waking me from a long sleep. From an ancient dream. A dream which must not have been my own, but in which I was captive. Was I a participant, or was I the dream itself­­—another’s dream, a dream about another?”
-One Doesn’t Stir without the Other, Luce Irigaray and Hélène Vivienne Wenzel

Upon coming across a home video that presents both his pregnant mother and the artist as a newborn, Gray Swartzel performs a slapstick drag persona of his mother in order to queer his existence prior to birth. The exhibition features new photographs, video and installation that depicts the pair in 1991 and in 2017 as they perform their mother child relationship.


November 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
November 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
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