Claire Hooper

@ Gymnasium Gallery

Claire Hooper's exhibition features two works, Eris (2012) and Inanna (She Knocked Aggressively at the Door, She Shouted Aggressively at the Gate) (2016). The video installation, Eris, traces the experiences of Danielle Marie Shillingford, a woman who has lost, and struggles to regain custody of her children. Eris is an exploration of personal strength and weakness, and of institutional and physical violence against women. In the film, the slippages between Danielle and her alter ego Eris, the goddess of strife and discord, creates a continuous blurring between the fantastical, the superhuman and the absolutely mundane.

The score for the film is written and performed by Beatrice Dillon and the Song of Eris is written and performed by Lioness.

The new work, Inanna (She Knocked Aggressively at the Door, She Shouted Aggressively at the Gate) will form the set for a new film exploring the relationship between the goddess Inanna and her sister Ereshkigal. The goddess Inanna and her sister Ereshkigal predate the daemon/goddess Eris by around 2000 years, but come from the Sumerian civilisation, which gave to Greece the technology of the written word as well as the inheritance of many mythological and religious beliefs. If we read Eris as Ereshkigal she is more than the conflictual daughter of the Night; she is the suffering and work that is not only unrecognised but is shunned in womanhood, the side of womanhood concealed by the figure of beauty and desire that is her sister Inanna.


There is a Lone Woman at the Door

9:30pm - 10:30pm

The large textile installation featured in the exhibition will form an ‘open set’ for a new performance work and for the production of a new video exploring the story of Inanna, Sumerian goddess of love, fertility and war. Asifa Lahore, Britain's first out-Muslim drag artist plays the role of Inanna in a contemplative performance derived from this myth, exploring the image of femininity and its relation to power. 

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Country UK Year 2016