Freeform Art Space is pleased to present The Feral Howl: A Feminist Response to Our Time, an exhibition that addresses the U.S. government’s historic and current assaults on the bodies of women, femmes and Mother Earth. It is timed to coincide with the anniversary of 45’s inauguration and the 2017 Women’s March.
Featuring the work of 12 women and non-binary artists, the show includes painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and installation. It opens Friday, January 12 at Freeform Art Space, 3012 Cielo Court in Santa Fe. A night of pop-up performances will be held on Saturday, January 20, with proceeds donated to Esperanza women’s shelter.
“The feral howl is a visceral, primal expression of pain, resistance, and strength,” explains lead curator Kristin Barendsen. “It’s our howl of protest against what the U.S. government is doing, and has done, to women and our Earth.”
Barendsen is a member of the Furies, a feminist arts collective that is guest-curating the show at Freeform. Other Furies include photographer Patti Levey and fiber artist Lauren Ayer. The Furies’ work includes photography, installation, video and performance inspired by the actual bashing of a Trump piñata on Election Night.
A common thread running through all the work is violence against women’s bodies. “The show is even more timely and important because it coincides with the recent wave of revelations about powerful men who treat women as just bodies to assault,” says Lauren Ayer, a member of the Furies. “The fact that Trump bragged about his predatory behavior and got elected anyway has incited a howl of rage among women nationwide.”
The performance night January 20 will feature a performance of a feral howl by Sipowicz, performances involving a Trump piñata by the Furies, a movement piece by Nikesha Breeze, artists’ talks, and more.