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Home Strike at L’etrangere in Shoreditch: Weaponising domesticity

PUBLISHED: 11:04 12 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:04 12 March 2018

Malgorzata Markiewicz, Resistance Kitchen, video still, 2017. courtesy of the artist.

Malgorzata Markiewicz, Resistance Kitchen, video still, 2017. courtesy of the artist.

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Running at L’etrangere in Shoreditch until April 21, CANAN, Paula Chambers, Malgorzata Markiewicz and Su Richardson consider the impact of 1970s feminism on intersectional conversations around class, gender and global inequality

Su Richardson, Burnt Breakfast, 1975-1977, with Packed Lunch, 1976. Courtesy the artistSu Richardson, Burnt Breakfast, 1975-1977, with Packed Lunch, 1976. Courtesy the artist

Four women artists come together to explore contemporary resistance to the chronic feminisation of the domestic sphere, looking at the ingrained norms that place women and their bodies in a position of systematic exploitation and imprisonment by patriarchal ideology.

Running at L’etrangere in Shoreditch until April 21, CANAN, Paula Chambers, Malgorzata Markiewicz and Su Richardson consider the impact of 1970s feminism on intersectional conversations around class, gender and global inequality.

Paula Chambers weaponises the everyday household object, turning kitchen utensils and women’s tights into makeshift shanks.

Malgorzata Markiewicz targets the often ignored power struggles of family life. She presents a set of boxes filled with details of poisionous concoctions. In The Resistance Kitchen, she offers recipes for the deadly dishes.

Su Richardson subverts feminine craft such as crochet and embroidery. In Burnt Breakfast, the painstaking crochet is at odds with the carelessness of the burnt egg and sausage fry up. She also exhibits a new series of crocheted sculptures that call out the reduction of the female body to either mother or sexual object.

Artist and activist CANAN’s Fountain records the artists lactating breasts, audibly dripping milk. Rather than the sexual, this emphasises their function as active producers rather than objects of the male gaze.

Home Strike runs until April 21 at L’etrangere in Shoreditch, 44a Charlotte Road, EC2A 3PD

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