Anna McNay

Review of Salon Hystérique: La Petit Mort et La Grande Hystérie at Blacks


Salon Hystérique: La
Petit Mort et La Grande Hystérie

A group art
exhibition of hysteric feminisms

Curated by Gabriella

Blacks Members Club,
67 Dean Street

21 January – 19 April 2014

what seems to be a season of feminist art shows in private members’ clubs
around London (this comes hot on the heels of
2Q13: Women Artists, Women
Collectors, curated by Marcelle Joseph and Lydia Cowpertwait, at Lloyd’s Club
last autumn), curator Gabriella Daris has brought together, in the sumptuous Georgian
townhouse surroundings of Blacks on Dean Street, some high quality and
enjoyable works exploring what it means to be a woman, to have a vagina and a
womb, and to use these bodily parts both for the furthering of life as well as
for personal pleasure. Of course, as the title suggests, the exhibition also
explores the association of the womb with hysteria, from its origins, at the
time of continental mind doctors such as Charcot and Freud, to its current day
incarnation, perhaps more commonly associated with feminist emancipation and

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