THE SEXUAL POLITICS OF MEAT (SPOM)
@ The Animal Museum, Los Angeles, USA
February 25 – April 30, 2017
Read a review of the show in 'Meatless Monday' in the Huffington Post.
Featured artists: Nava Atlas, Patricia Denys, Kathryn Eddy, Suzy González, Hester Jones, Renee Lauzon, Maria Lux, lynn mowson, Janell O’Rourke, Valerie Callender-Scott, Angela Singer, Sunaura Taylor, L.A. Watson, Yvette Watt.
Thank you to our exhibit sponsors -
A Well-Fed World
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Curators: Kathryn Eddy, Janell O’Rourke, L.A. Watson
The Sexual Politics of Meat (SPOM) exhibition features fourteen contemporary women artists whose work has been inspired by the eco-feminist theories presented in Carol J. Adam’s 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 creates original work as a result; the exhibit will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the book.
The Sexual Politics of Meat, by Carol J. Adam’s 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?”
In 2015 my photographs and essay were published in The Art of the Animal, Lantern Press, NYC. Featuring work by the editors, Nava Atlas, Sunaura Taylor, Yvette Watt, Angela Singer, Hester Jones, Suzy Gonzalez, Renee Lauzon, Olaitan Callender-Scott, Patricia Denys, Maria Lux, and Lynn Mowson, The Art of the Animal explores contemporary women artists’ engagement with how women and animals are depicted and treated. The book was inspired by The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist Vegetarian Critical Theory by Carol J. Adams, who has written an afterword. The foreword is by Keri Cronin, Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at Brock University, Canada. Carolyn Merino Mullin, director of the The Animal Museum in Los Angeles, for which the book serves as a catalog for an exhibition of the artists’ work in February 2017, has also contributed an essay.