Australasian Animal Studies Association

Exhibition: SPOM Sexual Politics of Meat Exhibition

Exhibition: SPOM Sexual Politics of Meat Exhibition

The Animal Museum, LA
February 25 – April 30, 2017

Curated by artists Kathryn Eddy, Janell O’Rourke, L.A. Watson

The Sexual Politics of Meat (SPOM) exhibition is a traveling show curated by artists: Kathryn Eddy, Janell O’Rourke & L.A. Watson, and features fourteen contemporary women artists whose work has been inspired by the eco-feminist theories presented in Carol J. Adams’ book, The Sexual Politics of Meat. The SPOM exhibition aims to not simply illustrate the ideas found in the book but instead, highlights how artists internalize theory and create original work as a result; the exhibit will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the book.

The Sexual Politics of Meat, by Carol J. Adams explores the ways that women and animals are marginalized and objectified in patriarchal cultures. Through an exploration of how persons might literally and metaphorically become “pieces of meat,” Adams analyses the object-status of nonhuman animals and its relationship to the objectification of women throughout visual and literary culture.

Through their work, the artists of SPOM examine intersecting oppressions based on gender, race and species, exploring what objectification means to them personally, politically and poetically. Working in a wide variety of media the artists of SPOM ask, “How does someone become something?”

Featured artists: Nava Atlas, Patricia Denys, Kathryn Eddy, Suzy González, Hester Jones, Renee Lauzon, Maria Lux, lynn mowson, Janell O’Rourke, Olaitan Valerie Callender-Scott, Angela Singer, Sunaura Taylor, L.A. Watson, Yvette Watt.

You can order the exhibition catalog online: The Art of the Animal: 14 Women Artists Explore “The Sexual Politics of Meat.”

For those of you in Los Angeles there is a weekend of opening activities – see here.  Featuring Carol J Adams (Author of ‘The Sexual Politics of Meat’), Stephen F Eisenman (Author of ‘The Cry of Nature’), curatorial talks, wine, food and music.

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