Charlotte's Curatorial Statement for A(r)mour: The Defiant Dress
is a lens through which we can challenge the binaries we continually
reconstruct between Self and Other, between the ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ self.
In A(r)mour: The Defiant Dress I
contest the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience; I
celebrate sartorialists who do not
follow logical criteria — those who seek subjective associations and formal parallels,
which incite the viewer to make new personal associations.
The works of A(r)mour: The Defiant Dress reveal personal
narratives that open a unique poetic vein. Multilayered personalities arise from
the fragility and instability of the seemingly fragile gossamers with which we
wrap the feminine psyche. By emphasizing aesthetics, these works reference
post-colonial theory as well as the avant-garde or the post-modern; their dramatic
form proffering resistance against the logic of the capitalist market system.
The work you
see here is characterized by the practical in an atmosphere of middleclass
mentality in which recognition plays an important role. Created in the
omnipresent lingering of a ‘corporate world,’ these concealing, protecting
couverture des femmes bring the tradition of remembrance into daily
practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important
as an act of meditation. Viewers will undergo transubstantiation.
collected, altered and personal works are being confronted as aesthetically
resilient, thematically interrelated material for memory and projection. The
possible seems true and the truth exists, but it has many faces, as Hanna
Arendt cites from Franz Kafka.
Charlotte MercerGopnik Gallery, Vancouver, Winter 2018
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