The exhibition features bold, figurative paintings of women - both self- portraits and subjects Rebecca knows - inspired by the mythological characterisation of women’s cycles, as well as personal stories and experiences.
THE DAUGHTERS OF MEDUSA is a show that promotes body positivity through the power of the female gaze, whilst acknowledging and challenging negative cultural conditioning around women's bodies and menstruation that has been going on for millennia, exemplified best by the enduring myth of the Medusa. She can be traced back to to the Snake Goddess of ancient Minoan culture, even further to the Great Mother Goddess of palaeolithic times. Her sacred powers over life and death were worshipped rather than feared, and her magical fluid seen as a principal source of creative energy. Over the centuries the focus shifted from sacred life-giver to the petrifying gaze - the bringer of death.
This vilification of female power was used as a way of controlling and ostracising women. Menstruation was reframed as dangerous and toxic rather than sacred.
In March of this year, A group of seven United Nations rights experts issued a clarion call on Tuesday to break the taboo around menstrual health for women and girls that persists in many parts of the world and take concrete action to end “disempowering” discrimination.
Persistent harmful socio-cultural norms, stigma, misconceptions and taboos around menstruation, continue to lead to exclusion and discrimination of women, Despite recent campaigns by women to challenge menstruation taboos and increasing attention to the issue of menstruation in the media, research, policy-making, and cultural discussion, they underscored the need for “more efforts to address challenges faced by women and girls”. “In some countries, said the experts, menstruating women continue to be viewed as “contaminated and impure”, often restricted and forbidden to engage in activities like touching water or cooking, attending religious and cultural ceremonies or other community activities. Menstruating women and girls can even be banished to outside sheds according to custom, where they suffer in cold and isolation, often at risk of life-threatening illness and attack.”
We are working with the charity “BLOODY GOOD PERIOD” whose aim is to end period poverty Bloody Good Period aims to provide menstrual products for those who can't afford to buy them. What started as a whip-round on Facebook is now a growing enterprise with a vision to end period poverty.
Tuesday 28th of May, 2019
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Tube: Old Street Station (5 min walk)