(More pictures from DSLR & notes to follow )
The Beast and the Sovereign show spoke to me the most- esp with us approaching a new election in Britain and the conversation s I'm having with my friends.
"This exhibition takes it's name from the last seminar conducted by Jacques Derrida in 2002-3, in which the French philosopher analysed, the beast and the sovereign embody the two allegorical figures in politics tgat have historically existed outside of the law: the beast that is supposedly ignorant of the law and the sovereign whose power is defined precisely by the capacity to suspend the law. This divison gives rise to a series of binary oppositions in of gender, class, species, sexuality, race and disability that structure relations of dominance. On the one hand the beast as animality, nature, femininity, the south, the slave, on the other, tge sovereign representing tge human or even the super human , god, the state , masculinity , the north , the white, tge sexually normal subject"
Leila Houston (London, 1977) is a visual artist whose work investigates the social, political and historical aspects of a place.