Artists’ works in the show draw on cosmologies, science-fiction, esoteric practices and ancestral systems of knowledge and imagination that go beyond an officially approved scientific discourse. The exhibition title is inspired by the 1971 enigmatic painting ‘Cosmic Mother’ by the USSR artist Galina Konopatskaya, which echoes Orthodox icons of Madonna and Child, instead depicted here in astronaut suits and floating in outer space. Belonging to the state-encouraged Socialist Realism painterly tradition, the painting is a representation of the communist ideology based on atheism; the misleading propaganda of women’s emancipation; and the Cold War’s colonisation of space – but what would happen if we chose to look at the image of Cosmic Mother through the empowering prism of cyberfeminism and queer science-fiction?
Bonnie Camplin, Annie Goh, Jackie Karuti, Janina Kraupe-Świderska, Alexandra Paperno, Curated by Daria Khan.
30 September – 18 December 2021
Preview: 30 Sept, 6-9pm