We Did Everything Adults Would Do. What Went Wrong?

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A Space Gallery says
We did everything adults would do.
What went wrong?

Artists Johanna Householder and Frances Leeming

Curator Taryn Sirove

Exhibition runs: November 13 - December 13 2015
Opening reception: Friday, November 13, 6 - 8 PM
Panel Discussion: Saturday, December 12, 3 - 5 PM
With Ian Carr-Harris, Dr. Hannah Dyer, Johanna Householder, and Frances Leeming

Titled after a misquote commonly attributed to William Golding’s 1954 novel Lord of the Flies, the exhibition, We did everything adults would do. What went wrong? can be understood as a single, collaborative installation by Frances Leeming and Johanna Householder. In a large-scale video projection at the center of the exhibition, the artists consider adult representations of children in conflict in two twentieth century films: Wee Willie Winkie (1937) and Lord of the Flies (1963). Reworking footage from these allegories for expansionist promotions of "civilization," the artists put the two iconic protagonists—Winkie (Shirley Temple) and Piggy (Hugh Edwards)—into dialogue. Householder and Leeming tease out a pattern of similarities across shifting articulations of the original literature, isolating narrative constructions that betray the way we as adults symbolically project our own anxieties and ambitions onto figures of children, in these stories, using Western colonial vocabularies around conflict and war.

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http://www.aspacegallery.org/
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