Does The Oyster Sleep?

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Does the oyster sleep?

Sophie Bissonnette / Martin Duckworth / Joyce Rock, Maja Borg, Marguerite Duras, Sara Eliassen, Silvia Gruner, Waël Noureddine

Curated by Pip Day and Irmgard Emmelhainz
March 10 – April 15, 2017
Opening: Friday, March 10, 6 - 9pm

Does the oyster sleep? explores the relationship between love and politics—two realms of human experience often understood as antagonistic to one another. The exhibition rewrites the seeming conflict between shared interest and individual desire, imagining how they can be linked through a common longing to live differently in the world. Including film and video work by Sophie Bissonnette / Martin Duckworth / Joyce Rock, Marguerite Duras, Maja Borg, Sara Eliassen, Silvia Gruner, and Waël Noureddine, Does the oyster sleep? addresses the forms of care and labour we enact for each other.

The exhibition takes its title from a passage in Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector’s 1973 novel Água Viva, in which the author describes the contortions of an oyster under drips of lemon juice. Just as the oyster is torn from its root, becoming exposed and vulnerable, can love tear us away from ourselves, toward others, or toward new relationships based on care, solidarity, and communal autonomy?

Using Lispector’s visceral image as a starting point, the exhibition imagines how this radical vulnerability can redirect our attention away from Modernist frameworks for human relationships. Featuring several long-form documentary and experimental works, and accompanied by a library of related poetry, fiction and non-fiction, Does the oyster sleep? welcomes sustained watching, reading, and thinking together.

Does the oyster sleep? was originally presented at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, Montreal, in 2016.

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