This exhibition showcases female and non-binary artists that engage Incantations as a methodology in their various practices to create and formulate their own bodies of work. Pertinent in these works are how each artist intervenes in conventional representations of the female and queer body. Bell Hooks (2015) writes about the difficulties in challenging a patriarchal society and further cautions that one has to carefully plan what to say and how to say it. The artists nonetheless takes on the challenge to disrupt the dominant ways of seeing, thinking, and being that inhibits one’s ability to re-imagine, re-describe, and re-invent themselves in ways that are liberatory.
“Incantation” (n.) finds its roots in Late Latin, specifically in “incantationem” (nominative “incantatio”), which can be translated as the “art of enchanting.” It is often understood as a sacred message, text, charm, spell, or counsel, and more literally as an “instrument of thought.”
This exhibition works with this definition and further expands on it in the ways in which incantation can be utilised as a means of protecting, healing, affirming and re-imagining in the selected artistic practices. The exhibition thereby offers a contrapuntal reading of the cultural, spiritual, and individual perspectives that the artists bring in their respective bodies of work, and therewith starts to show artistic practice as a ritual.