Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Review of Salon Hystérique: La Petit Mort et La Grande Hystérie at Blacks

Salon Hystérique: La Petit Mort et La Grande Hystérie
A group art exhibition of hysteric feminisms
Curated by Gabriella Daris
Blacks Members Club, 67 Dean Street
21 January – 19 April 2014

In what seems to be a season of feminist art shows in private members’ clubs around London (this comes hot on the heels of 2Q13: Women Artists, Women Collectors, curated by Marcelle Joseph and Lydia Cowpertwait, at Lloyd’s Club last autumn), curator Gabriella Daris has brought together, in the sumptuous Georgian townhouse surroundings of Blacks on Dean Street, some high quality and enjoyable works exploring what it means to be a woman, to have a vagina and a womb, and to use these bodily parts both for the furthering of life as well as for personal pleasure. Of course, as the title suggests, the exhibition also explores the association of the womb with hysteria, from its origins, at the time of continental mind doctors such as Charcot and Freud, to its current day incarnation, perhaps more commonly associated with feminist emancipation and desire.


  1. Hi thanks for the great review of the show. Shame I didnt get a mention tho ;) All the best

    1. Thanks Cordelia, it's always nice to get feedback. Unfortunately 500 words limits who and what I can mention. Ideally, I'd like to write about each and every one of you, but I am often forced to pick themes and key works to fit the word count. Sorry! Email me if you have any more shows coming up and I'll see what I can do next time.