Live Performance by Emily Perry

Live Performance by Emily Perry

Posted on behalf of Focal Point Gallery

Focal Point Gallery is delighted to host ‘Woman with Salad’, a performance by Emily Perry. Perry’s interest in the repetitive actions of women’s labour and the endless loop format of the GIF intersect with a comparison between contemporary stock imagery and Johannes Vermeer’s 17th century paintings of domestic women forever captured in precarious mundanity.

‘Woman with Salad’ will feature a combination of seven local women, both actors and non-actors, performing commercial stock image actions such as laughing and gesturing with salad on fork, peeling apples and looking bored, sighing or sitting in yoga positions making slow gestures with a halved avocado. These women are animating patriarchal, sexist, reductive images of themselves to be consumed by capitalism. Their ridiculous performance, dumb, relentless enthusiasm and sarcastic, robotic delivery mocks and subverts agency. At first a one-liner, the performance becomes a grotesque cycle in which we are all implicit.

Emily Perry’s practice is characteristically performative, focusing on gender, sexuality, feminism and female representation. Recent performances and exhibitions include ‘A Performance Affair’, Vanderborght Brussels; ‘What Do We Do Now That We Are Happy? Chalton Gallery, London 2018; ‘[[ EVERYONE’S ASKING IF I’M OK / NO ONE’S ASKING IF I’M OK ]]’ with Ellen Kenyon Peers, Millennium Bridge, London 2018 and ‘Staged’, The Bomb Factory, London 2018.

14 Sep 2019 at 3:00pm
until 14 Sep 2019 at 5:00pm
Focal Point Gallery
Elmer Avenue

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