Part of Freedom Festival 2022
This is an operatic video installation for an army of six girls and war mistresses created by and featuring Joanne Dudley, the performer known for her ground-breaking collaborations with William Kentridge.
Each of the seven screens depicts a 18th century imperialistic portrait but with noticeable difference. Instead of the lavish depiction of white powerful men, young girl commands her own stance of power.
The bold new work draws on a quintessential 19th century form and turns it on its head – the dramatic soprano’s death aria.
Each girl recreates an operatic death scene representing the squirming heights of patriarchal fantasy.
The Ferens has a magnificent collection of paintings and sculptures, including works by European Old Masters, portraiture, marine painting, and modern and contemporary British art. Highlights include masterpieces by Lorenzetti, Frans Hals, Antonio Canaletto, Frederick Leighton, Stanley Spencer, David Hockney, Helen Chadwick and Gillian Wearing. With a regular programme of events, guided tours and changing exhibitions, there’s always something new to explore. You can also enjoy refreshments in our popular cafe, Venue Hull.