Saturday, June 19, 2021

SMS/SMU Judges 19.29

 

So Many Silenced, So Many Unnamed


Judges 19.29 “He took a knife and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces.”

 Published in Judith: Women Making Visual Poetry, Timglaset Editions, 2021.

 dedicated to victims of gender-based violence, and to missing and murdered Indigenous women and their loved ones. i am sorry for your loss. 

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 one of the inspirations for this project was the cover art for Klara Du Plessis’ first poetry book, Ekke, Palimpsest Press, 2018.

 

the art entitled Vela Sikubhekile was created by Nandipha Mntambo. “Mntambo was born in Mbabane, Swaziland. In 2007, she completed a Master’s in Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. Mntambo currently lives in Johannesburg. The work is on display at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA).

 

"Her work addresses ongoing debates around traditional gender roles, body politics, and identity. She works in photography, sculpture, video, and mixed media to explore the liminal boundaries between human and animal, femininity and masculinity, attraction and repulsion, life and death.”

 

After I had made this visual poem, at some point, it dawned on me that I was inspired specifically by Nandipha Mntambo’s Vela Sikubhekile.

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Kimberlé Crenshaw, Intersectional feminism: what it means and why it matters right now, UN Women, 2020




Friday, June 18, 2021

SMS/SMU François Rabelais

So Many Silenced, So Many Unnamed


When I say woman I mean a sex so weak, so fickle, so variable, so changeable, so imperfect, that Nature — speaking with all due reverence and respect — seems to me, when she made woman, to have strayed from that good sense with which she had created and fashioned all things. I have pondered over it five hundred times yet I can reach no solution except that Nature had more regard for the social delight of man and the perpetuating of the human species than for the perfection of individual womanhood. Certainly Plato does not know into which category to put women: rational animal or irrational beast.

François Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel

Jamie Leigh, Sexism in Classic Literature

 

 

“The garment is an element on which the artist has often pondered. To her it represents the tension between nature and artifice, between our desire to be free and our need to represent ourselves.” Jane Sterbak




 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

SMS/SMU The Unnamed Women

So Many Silenced, So Many Unnamed

adulteress, anointing sinner, anointing woman, bent woman, bride of Cana, Catalphas’ servant girls, Cain’s wife, crippled woman, daughters of men, daughters of Zelopehad, David’s ten concubines, demonized slave girl, gifted artisans, Hebrew woman, Jairus’ wife and daughter, Jerusalem disciples, Job’s wife, Lot’s wife, Naman’s wife’s slave girl, Noah’s wife, notable women of Shunem, Paul’s sister, persecuted disciples, prominent women, Queen of Sheba, Samaritan mother, Samaritan woman, Samaritan women, Samson’s mother, Shunammite woman, sinful woman, Syrophoenician’s woman, Timothy’s mother, two harlots, Tyrian disciples, widow of Nain, widow of Zarepath, widow, poor, widow with the mite, widowed wife of a prophet, widows, wise woman of Tekoa, wise woman of the city, witch of En Dor, woman who blessed Jesus’ mother, woman with issue of blood, women disciples, women of Israel, women witnesses to resurrection

 

Sue Poorman Richards and Lawrence O. Richards, Women of the Bible: The Life and Times of Every Woman in the Bible, Thomas Nelson, 2003.

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Erase the Patriarchy: An Anthology of Erasure Poetry edited by Isobel O’Hare (University of Hell Press, 2020)
 
“History is history.
 
The uncompromising, oppressive, outdated reins of patriarchy plaguing the entire world have never been more obvious—and perhaps never more in need of dismantling. Inspired, seemingly tireless people across the globe have always banded together in solidarity and action hell-bent on change. Sometimes this change is rooted in policy reform, sometimes revolution—and often artistic expression.
 
Within this gorgeous volume of erasure artworks exist differing cultural experiences connected by the desire for paradigm shift on a global political scale. Familiar statements and treatises are transformed into poetic versions of what reality looks like or could become for many of us stuck in a vicious machine. This international artistic appeal rips apart layers of deception, inequity, and fraud perpetuated by systems of power. Erasing what no longer serves us can reveal another avenue from which to begin.”






 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

SMS/SMU Thomas Aquinas

So Many Silenced, So Many Unnamed




"As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active force in the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of woman comes from a defect in the active force or from some material indisposition, or even from some external influence. "–Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, 13th century

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Hei Lam Ng

片言カタコトbroken language is an ongoing text based project of Japanese kanji characters that have different definitions in Cantonese and Japanese.

 There is poetry in the unique set of words and phrases of a language that other languages don’t have, and therefore cannot be accurately translated. Being a multilingual person allows me to peek into these lost-in-translation gaps and be amazed by them, which inspired me to work on this project.”





Tuesday, June 15, 2021

SMS/SMU John Wesley

So Many Silenced, So Many Unnamed


 

Wife: Be content to be insignificant. What loss would it be to God or man had you never been born.–John Wesley, founder of Methodist movement (1703-1791)


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Katharina Ludwig

"is an artist and writer working with text, installation and objects. Her research in the framework of the Art Research programme at Goldsmiths is concerned with narrative holes in women*’s writing and the temporalities of the “wounded text”. Katharina tries to activate textual holes as a subversive feminist practice of resistance with insurrectional potential that treats the textual wound as a political and writerly strategy in opposition to authoritarian systems. Her work has been shown, performed or read internationally and is published by a.o. 3am Magazine, Zeno Press, Chris Airlines, Ma Bibliothèque ."






Monday, June 14, 2021

SMS/SMU John Calvin

So Many Silenced, So Many Unnamed


Thus the woman, who had perversely exceeded her proper bounds, is forced back to her own position. She had, indeed, previously been subject to her husband, but that was a liberal and gentle subjection; now, however, she is cast into servitude.–John Calvin, Reformer (1509-1564)

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Dodie Bellamy, Cunt Norton, Les Figues Press, 2013

“In Cunt Norton, the sequel to her unforgettable Cunt Ups, Dodie Bellamy “cunts” The Norton Anthology of Poetry (1975 edition), setting her text-ravenous cut-ups loose to devour the canonical voices of English literature. The texts that emerge from this sexual-linguistic encounter are monstrous, beautiful, unashamed: 33 erotic love poems (“the greatest fuck poem in the English language,” according to Ariana Reines) that lust after the very aesthetic they resist. “These patriarchal voices that threatened to erase me—of course I love them as well,” Bellamy writes. Even as Cunt Norton dismembers the history of English poetry, “cunting” Chaucer and Shakespeare, Emerson and Lowell, it simultaneously allows new members to arise and fill in the gaps, transforming the secret into the explicit, the classically beautiful into the wonderfully grotesque. Bellamy’s cunted texts breathe life into literary “masters” with joy, honesty, hilarity, and insatiable passion.”





 

Sunday, June 13, 2021

SMS / SMU Deuteronomy 22-21

So Many Silenced, So Many Unnamed

Deuteronomy 22-21 “and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house”


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Christine Walde

“Christine Walde’s Bride Machine is a limited edition artist multiple composed of 14 folios of poetry with original artwork in a custom-made clamshell box, inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s iconic Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even, also known as the Large Glass. Composed of single broadsides, transparencies, chapbooks, and other printed works, each folio in Bride Machine is both a disruption and meditation on the act of reading, challenging readers’ assumptions about the codex and the ephemeral nature of the archive through the counter-narrative of its hinged, folded, coiled, bound and stapled elements. Part amuse-bouches, part observation, Bride Machine is also a rigorous interrogation of desire, the fourth dimension, conceptual poetics, and the emancipation of Duchamp’s Bride from her apotheosis of virginity."