From Carrie Miller…
Janis Joplin was not only a member of the infamous ‘27 club’ in rock n roll, she has been one of the biggest musical inspirations to feminists since she gave us a piece of her heart in the late 60s. Janis might refer to the solo iconic figure but Janis the art project is bigger than one woman. In fact it’s a project focusing specifically on female art practice. It will take a critical approach to this practice and think through the problems of how women’s art making can be conceptualised and viewed.
The first iteration of the project includes some pretty impressive female voices from the contemporary art world including Sarah Contos, Kelly Doley, Hannah Furmage, Zoe Robertson, Marian Tubbs and Justene Williams. The exhibition will also include a publication featuring the writings of Diana Smith and Amanda Rowell.
The project’s aims align with the persona of Joplin who has taken on a feminist aura for her distinct female voice. As Rowell writes about the singer in an accompanying essay: “[I] always respected her for her singularity, for how she knew and trusted her own voice.”
We’ve come a long way, baby but this exhibition looks at how much further we could go.
Until February 24
Alaska Projects, Kings Cross.
Pic: Janis Joplin, taken from the cover of The Obsessions and Passions of Janis Joplin by Ellis Amburn, Warner Books 1993. Image: David Gahr.