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Sounds Like Her: Gender, Sound Art and Sonic Cultures

Sat Jul 13 @ 10.00 am - Sun Sep 15 @ 5.00 pm

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Woman artists from culturally diverse backgrounds explore sound as a subject and a medium in a ground-breaking exhibition at York Art Gallery this summer.

Curated by Christine Eyene, known for her enquiry into feminist art and her research on sound art from an African perspective – Sounds Like Her sets out to broaden existing approaches to sound art and challenge the Eurocentric and patriarchal frameworks that have informed the discourse on sound art practice and continue to dominate the mainstream today.

The project brings together six women artists, each exploring sound as a medium or subject matter: Ain Bailey, Sonia Boyce OBE RA, Linda O’Keeffe, Christine Sun Kim, Madeleine Mbida and Magda Stawarska-Beavan.

Collectively the selected works represent sound in the broadest sense, exploring voice, noise, organic and synthetic sounds, rhythmic patterns, sonic structures and visual materialisation of sound. The result is a varied exhibition of mixed media bringing together audio, immersive installation, painting, print, drawing and video.

The exhibition is on loan from New Art Exchange.

Sounds Like Her develops from Eyene’s acclaimed exhibition, All Of Us Have A Sense of Rhythm at David Roberts Art Foundation (London) in 2015, which presented an original research into the unacknowledged contributions of black cultures to the development of twentieth century sound art and their overlooked legacy.

Continuing this exploration, Sounds Like Her features a commission by Sonia Boyce as part of the artist’s Devotional series (1999 to present), with an installation of placards from her 30-year archive on black female singers performing in the UK. Ain Bailey‘s immersive multi-channel sound piece The Pitch Sisters (2012) is a composition challenging the notion of a ‘preferred pitch’ of a woman’s voice, questioning restrictive heteronormative roles and who has the power to define gender ideals. The exhibition also includes painter Madeleine Mbida‘s colourful compositions of African dancers and chromatic reinterpretations of rhythmic patterns.



Sat Jul 13 @ 10.00 am
Sun Sep 15 @ 5.00 pm
Included in admission
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