Gallery 46 – Damned If I Do

Ariane Heloise Hughes ‘Unfriendly Reflection’, 2020 Oil on linen 90 x 80 cm, Image Courtesy of Gallery 46, London

28 April – 8 May, 2022

Opening: 27 April: 6-9.30PM

Damned if I do; damned if I don’t. A paradox of daily existence surrounding the haunted doublings that emerge from society’s double standards. The virgin-whore, the untouchable priestess, the innocent temptress. A series of female archetypes, their potential power held in check by social conditions.

The exhibition Damned If I Do challenges the social straightjacketing of the patriarchal system, bringing together work across a range of media by a group of women artists exploring the female experience, the body, and the gaze. The artists challenge and subvert the hypersexualisation of the female body in Western culture, looking to undermine problematic art historical tropes and traditions surrounding the female nude.

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