How do I look?
The collective GRACE, took over Guest Projects from the 6th February, 2018 with a month of workshops, lectures and live art exploring perceptions of the ageing woman.
Through film screenings, talks and performances GRACE, with fellow ‘older women’, explored ways in which middle-aged women are given/take on identities and the extent to which these reflect a personal agency.
They immersed theirselves and selected participants, in a series of experiences involving traditional and non-traditional fashion and make-up.
Identity is fluid and evolving, yet, socially, ‘older woman’ is a label used all the time as if there is solidity to it. Conceptual mistakes endorse moral and economic mistakes and inequalities. This provides an urgency and centre of attention to the work to be done.
As Live Artists they feel that it is inappropriate to focus on stereotypes or a dry analysis of negative social constraints. They therefore intended to use play and conviviality in this work, as a focus for unravelling the conflicted and the jubilant.
The month of research activities provided a wealth of material, which they hope to use to produce a publication/magazine to reflect the complex issues at stake.