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March 2023: 6 Exhibitions to See

By 16th March 2023April 4th, 2023No Comments

Dorothy Wilding: 130 Photographs

The Heroines Quarter, 9th March 2023 – 23rd May 2023

Hundred Heroines’s own Dorothy Wilding: 130 Photographs comprises the first exhibition of Dorothy Wilding’s work in the city where she was born. Born in Longford in 1893, Dorothy left Gloucester for the bright lights of London, where she established her own studio by the age of 21. Curated by Sisters of the Lens, the exhibition comprises some of Dorothy’s iconic portraits alongside smaller original prints and ephemera including books, magazines, coins, and stamps.

Tessa Traeger: Family Trees

Purdy Hicks Gallery, 2nd March 2023 – 1st April 2023

Tessa Traeger’s newest exhibition Family Trees reimagines the history of Boughton House, Northamptonshire, combining old and new imagery within landscape and portrait photographs. Invited to photograph the ancient lime tree avenues in the park at Boughton, Tessa chose to blend paintings from the Duke of Buccleuch’s collection into her photographs of the landscape. In this way, his ancestors move through the trees as ghostly reminders of Boughton’s past.

Zanele Muholi

MEP, 1st February 2023 – 21st May 2023

This exhibition is the first retrospective in France dedicated to Zanele Muholi, the internationally renowned South African photographer and activist whose work documents and celebrates the Black LGBTQIA+ community. Bringing together more than 200 photographs and videos created since the early 2000s, as well as numerous archival materials, the exhibition covers the full breadth of Zanele’s career to date.

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VALIE EXPORT – The Photographs

Fotomuseum Winterthur, 25th February 2023 – 29th May 2023

VALIE EXPORT – The Photographs is the first exhibition to focus on the photographic oeuvre of the artist VALIE EXPORT. Devised in close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition focuses on the impact photography has had on VALIE’s creative output and her use of photography for critical exploration. Following the logic of VALIE’s work, the exhibition not only presents photographs but also juxtaposes different media and works created between 1968 and 2007.

A Tall Order! – Rochdale Art Gallery in the 1980s

Touchstones Rochdale, 4th February 2023 – 6th May 2023

A Tall Order! encapsulates the artwork made and exhibited at Touchstones Rochdale (then Rochdale Art Gallery) during the 1980s by a generation of artists, many of whom were women, young, working class, and Black. Featuring key works from this time and demonstrating the period’s influence, the show will include loans from public and private collections across the UK. Alongside selections from Rochdale’s own collection, including works by Heroines Joy Gregory, Ingrid Pollard, Karen Knorr, and Maud Sulter, the exhibition will present three new commissions by contemporary artists Lubna Chowdhary, Sarah Joy Ford, and Jade Montserrat.

FEMME FATALE: Gaze – Power – Gender

Hamburger Kunsthalle, 9th December 2022 – 10th April 2023

The femme fatale is a myth, a projection, a construction. She symbolises a visually coded female stereotype: the sensual, erotic and seductive woman whose allegedly demonic nature reveals itself in her ability to lure and enchant men – often leading to fatal results. It is this likewise dazzling and clichéd image, long dominated by a male and binary gaze, that is the focus of the exhibition FEMME FATALE: Gaze – Power – Gender at the Hamburger Kunsthalle. Beyond exploring a range of artistic approaches to the theme from the early 19th century to the present, the show aims to critically examine the myth of the femme fatale in its genesis and historical transformation.