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Illegitimate and Herstorical

January 3rd - January 28th, 2012

Curated by Emily Roysdon

Illegitimate And Herstorical presents works by eleven artists that consider alternative economies of labor, love, power, crossings and collectivity. Exhibiting queer relationships to history and a healthy disrespect for master narratives these artists work through the precariousness of legitimacy. The projects displayed offer a telling that bridges reportage and creative proposition. Portraiture, consciousness raising, incitement, and insertion – poetic and effectual strategies that all come to bear on the stability and functionality of institutions. Each work a stone thrown. Illegitimate and Herstorical.

About the Curator: Emily Roysdon (1977) is a New York and Stockholm based artist and writer. Her working method is interdisciplinary and recent projects take the form of performance, photographic installations, printmaking, text, video, curating and collaborating. Roysdon recently developed the concept "ecstatic resistance" to talk about the impossible and imaginary in politics. The concept debuted with simultaneous shows at Grand Arts in Kansas City, and X Initiative in New York. Roysdon's work has been shown at the 2010 Whitney Biennial, Greater NY at MoMA/PS1, Manifesta 8, Dance/Draw at the ICA Boston, Participant, Inc. (NY); Museo Tamayo (Mexico City) and New Museum (NY). Recent solo shows include new commissions from Art in General (NY), Konsthall C (Stockholm) and a Matrix commission from the Berkeley Art Museum. Her writings have been published in numerous books and magazines, including the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest and Women & Performance: a Journal of Feminist Theory.