Union Gallery Vitrine Project
May 22 - October 11, 2018 | (Self)ish
Curated by Leyla Chisamore
Located just outside the gallery - stop by any time of the day
Self(ish) examines the situation of self and processes of developing an embodied knowledge, mediated through external relationships. How do we find ourselves? Where do we find ourselves? Jack Halberstam describes identity as something produced through/by a “condition of broken negotiations with the world, a condition in which others merely set off the self-shattering mechanism of masochistic jouissance”. It is in intimacy, love, and their inevitable loss through which we negotiate identity. Divided into two processes – genealogy and partnership – Self(ish) traces familial connection, intimacy, and relationships through paralleling arcs of degradation and personal growth.
Leyla Chisamore is an interdisciplinary academic and the 2018 summer student gallery assistant at the Union Gallery. Her areas of interest include gender, sexual, and witchcraft histories in the medieval/early modern periods, as well as contemporary feminist art and art historical practice. Chisamore sits as the President of the Board of Directors at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre and works in Reception at the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre at Queen's University. She is currently a BA (Honours) candidate at Queen's University (History & Art History), with an ongoing certificate program in Gender and Sexual Diversity.