Join us for 'Cover Yourself'
A performance by Lisa-Marie Harris for London Gallery Weekend
Followed by an informal breakfast and Q&A
Saturday 3rd June @11am
Location: Cooke Latham Gallery
Spaces are limited, so please book here
'Cover Yourself' is a sculptural performance work set to the sound of calypso, soca and an audio narrative recorded by Lisa-Marie Harris, in which the artist interacts with and activates the sculptures included in her exhibition 'RESPONSES (To Things I've Been Told About My Body).' Mounted in response to the often contradictory rebuffs and slurs the artist first received during her pre-pubescent childhood in Trinidad - attacks which persisted to her present state as a mother in London - the performance confronts the agentic denials that underpin the hyper vigilant, intergenerational monitoring of women's bodies by men and women alike.
Cooke Latham Gallery is delighted to host RESPONSES (To Things I’ve Been Told About My Body), the first solo exhibition in the UK by Lisa-Marie Harris.
The exhibition is comprised of wall-mounted reliefs, sculptures and film which are presented as a provocative rebuttal of the unrelenting body shaming, body policing, and sexual objectification faced by women.
Unpicking the often-contradictory rebuffs and slurs the artist first received during her pre-pubescent childhood in Trinidad – attacks which persisted to her present state as a mother in London – the works respond to and invert this negative catalogue of comments in sly, bombastic and uncanny ways.
In so doing, Harris questions the agentic denials that underpin the hyper-vigilant monitoring of women’s bodies by men and women alike: the intergenerational plight of ‘sexual protection’ enforced within the familial space, the shaming within the friendship space, and the commoditisation of the female body within wider society.