5 May to 26 November
Ireland at Venice, the national representation of Ireland at the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, presents Jesse Jones.
Jesse Jones has considered the national pavilion as the site of an alternative Law. With a practice that is grounded in film and performance, Jones has created an artwork she describes as a “bewitching” of the judicial system. ‘Tremble Tremble’ is presented in the Arsenale with Commissioner and Curator, Tessa Giblin, Director of Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh.
The title is inspired by the 1970s Italian wages for housework movement, during which women chanted “Tremate, tremate, le streghe sono tornate! (Tremble, tremble, the witches have returned!)”. Jones’ new work emerges from a rising social movement in Ireland which calls for a transformation of the historic relationship between the church and the state. In this time of change, Jesse Jones returns to the witch as a feminist archetype and disrupter who has the potential to transform reality. ‘Tremble Tremble’ imagines a different legal order, one in which the multitude are bought together in a symbolic, gigantic body, to proclaim a new law, that of In Utera Gigantae.
A book, published in English and Italian, features the writing of Silvia Federici, Tina Kinsella, Lisa Godson, and Tessa Giblin. ‘Tremble Tremble / Tremate Tremate’ is co-published by Mousse Publishing and Project Arts Centre, and is available to purchase from Project Arts Centre for the special price of €8.