Shaking The Habitual at Galeria Duarte Sequeira

Artists: Athena Papadopoulos, Byzantia Harlow, Carlotta Baily Borg, Celia Hempton, Jala Wahid, Juliana Huxtable, Patrizio di Massimo, Shannon Bool, Suzanne Treister

Exhibition title: Shaking The Habitual

Curated by: Despoina Tzanou

Venue: Galeria Duarte Sequeira, Braga, Portugal

Date: March 7 – April 30, 2020

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Galeria Duarte Sequeira

Repetitive narratives of an oppressive past
influence the formation of stereotypes
that shape
or reject
collective id

Legacies of
and deeply embedded in our culture
and history
revisited to reclaim ownership over them
and confront the complexity of our reality

Stories we are told
built up by intervening hands
again and again and again and again

The same situation is consumed
again and again and again and again
Embedded within the politics of desire
of sexuality
and support
values are assigned to certain

The single story remains, lingers
sets the tone, shapes the desire

Desire to fear
Fear to alienation

And who is able to express their desire?
Who is deserving?
Who gets heard?

How did we get here and where are we now?
Structures of power and oppression
Suppressed desire

“The world had to be ‘disenchanted’ in order to be dominated” [1]

Exposed meaning behind folk stories and mythology
subverted through engaging with methods of ´unlearning ́

´The way things are´ simply can no longer be

A perception of how we see the world and treat each other
A collective resistance towards change

A song for desire
A song against the wreck
A dance to unbraid this thing around our neck

[1] Caliban and the witch: Women the body and primitive accumulation, Silvia Federici