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Image: Liz Blum, Break Barriers, 2018, print on paper, 51×40.5cm. courtesy of the artist

WO/, a new exhibition at Newcastle’s Vane gallery running from Friday 9th until Saturday 24th March, is curated by Melanie Kyles and Caitlin Heaney, and holds a mirror to the global movement towards gender equality. Including works by Clémence BTD Barret, Liz Blum, Emma Fleming, Bex Massey and Tracy Satchwill, we experience the diverse perspectives of creative women from several corners of the globe. From photography and animation to paintings and prints, they use an explosive combination of vibrant, tactile media. These unique pieces explore themes of feminine experience, identity and expectations and the controversial questions these evoke involve gender and sexuality, pay inequality, power, dominance, independence, respect, and…um…’mansplaining’.

With nods to historic milestones, such as women’s right to vote, and their role during the war, the exhibition is peppered with shrewd references to cultural stereotypes and nostalgia. It shows playful, intelligent reflection on antiquated ideas about women’s roles in male-dominated society, as well as in classical and modern art and the exhibition dips into politics and activism without being heavy. This contemporary, thought-provoking work challenges viewers’ preconceptions, and displays both a straight and queer vision of what it means to be a woman in the modern era.

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