image: Garden Reflexxx & Stelly G, Memoriabilia, Day for Night, 2022, Inkjet Print on Ilford Metallic Pearl paper, 59.4 x 84.1 cm, Photo COTA
Garden Reflexxx & Stelly G
Stanley Street Gallery is thrilled to present an exciting group show curated by Claire de Carteret. a place where we can be together is inspired by the work of Gloria Anzaldúa. It is interested in facilitating a space for multiple realities and mythologies to sit besides one another. Presenting the work of nine early and mid-career artists — Francesca Zak, Garden Reflexxx & Stelly G, Lily Golightly, Lottie Braun, Maria Wang, Mika Benesh, Paula do Prado, Samantha Jade, Serwah Attafuah — the exhibition invites each artist to share their own mythologies; poeticising friendship, portals, emotion, forgotten knowledges, ancestral connections, and world making.
Gloria’s knowledge of the moon goddess, Coyolxauhqui and her violent story of murder, fragmentation, and rebirth as the moon; of becoming the light in the darkness, is the guiding concept that captures the works concertedly. Spanning installation, textiles, painting, print-media, sound, sculpture and contemporary jewellery, this vibrant and eclectic show encourages generous appreciation of the tangled networks that hold us here, together.
According to Anzaldúa, “The Coyolxauhqui imperative is to heal and achieve integration. When fragmentation occur you fall apart and feel as though you’ve been expelled from paradise. The Coyolxauhqui imperative is an ongoing process of making and unmaking. There is never any resolution, just the process of healing. [...] the act of calling back those pieces of the self/ soul that have been dispersed or lost ... after being split, dismembered, or torn apart la persona has to pull herself together, re-member and reconstruct herself on another level” - Gloria E. Anzaldúa.
RSVP | Artist Talk
Saturday, 18th June 2022, at 2:00pm
Below are a few images from a fantastic opening night! Where DJ Maria Wang performed their commissioned sound mix.
Thank you to everyone who attended.
I have been ripped wide open
by a word, a look, a gesture—
from self, kin, and stranger.
My soul jumps out
scurries into hiding
i hobble here and there
trying to coax it back home
but the me that’s home
has become alien without it.
Wailing, i pull my hair
suck snot back and swallow it
place both hands over the wound
but after all these years
it still bleeds
never realizing that to heal
there must be wounds
to repair there must be damage
for light there must be darkness.
- Gloria Anzaldúa
Anzaldúa, Gloria. “Healing Wounds.” Light in the Dark/Luz en lo Oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality, edited by AnaLouise Keating, Duke University Press, 2015
Listen now to the artist's discussing their work with curator Claire de Carteret