Do you keep thinking there must be another way?
Mimosa House, London
15th February – 25th April 2019

Do you keep thinking there must be another way? was a group exhibition with Lee Lozano, Howardena Pindell, Polvo de Gallina Negra, Raju Rage, Georgia Sagri and Emma Talbot curated by Daria Khan, Cicely Farrer and Jessica Vaughan.

For the exhibition, Costumes for The Whore's Rhetorick were re-exhibited with additions to the original works. Further to this, Mimosa House commissioned a website that hosts a work-in-progress script for a film based on the 17th-century erotic novella of that title. Considering how the form of ‘pornography’ can be repurposed to write women’s history, the text draws out themes around sexuality, labour rights, honesty, and historical veracity.

In reference to the book’s origin as a ‘viral’ publication, the text uses the rules of SEO copywriting as a framework. Produced with assistance from an Ukranian-American digital marketer, this conceit draws out further references around distribution, precarious labour, and the spread of information, reliable or otherwise.

Visit The Whore's Rhetorick.

Designed by Rectangle.

Photography by Tim Bowditch.

Costumes for The Whore’s Rhetorick, 2018-2019, installation view.

Script for The Whore's Rhetorick, installation view.

Costumes for The Whore’s Rhetorick (Mrs Cresswell), 2018-2019, satin, silk, polyester, synthetic muslin, cotton, lacing, leather, felt, feathers.

Costumes for The Whore’s Rhetorick (Dorothea), 2018-2019, satin, polyester, cotton, lacing, synthetic georgette, net curtains, chiffon, beading.