At 81, Margaret Harrison (1940, England) is an influential British feminist figure whose work reflects on the interlinked concepts of social class, gender and women's position in society.
From US comic book superheroes to Manet's Olympia, she subverts the hierarchies between genres, making no distinction between art history and popular culture. Echoing the strategies of the grotesque, such as exaggeration, parody and subversion, she uses humor to question the codes and stereotypes dividing the genders.
The fifty or so pieces comprising the exhibition - installations, paintings, drawings and texts - highlight the diversity of her work while its title, Dancing on the Missiles, is a reference to the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp (1981 – 2000). In 1982, 30,000 women, including Margaret Harrison, assembled for a demonstration and heldhands to form a human chain around the 15-kilometre perimeter fence surrounding the military nuclear base. "Art must be political, or it isn't anything!" (Margaret Harrison).
UNTIL MAY 25, 2021
BPS22 MUSÉE D'ART DE LA PROVINCE DE HAINAUT | CHARLEROI, BELGIUM