THE SONGS OF HECATE
Pictogram Gallery, London.
A group show of seven women artists that takes the writings of feminist critic and author Sylvia Federici as inspiration. The Songs of Hecate draws on medieval, classical, mystic, and cultural practices, shining a contemporary light on the power of cultural knowledge-sharing, ritual and storytelling. The exhibition showcases these as a way to dismantle, re-envision and understand different cultures as well as each other.
In Federici’s writings, she highlights how women have been silenced (at the very least) since the early medieval period and the development of the Witch Hunts. Federici points out that through villainising women and especially groups, or ‘covens’, of women, there developed a drain of women-centred cultural knowledge.
Image credits: Jake Pearce, Chris Grady, & Chantal Powell