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Biomythography: Secret Poetry & Hidden Angers reviewed in Hyperallergic

October 11, 2015

Crafting Alternative Histories Through Memory and Myth

by Abe Ahn on October 10, 2015

Yoshie Sakai So You're Married....Now What?!, 2015 Installation detail ( Koko's Love Episode 1, 2014 ), dimensions variable.



THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — When poet and activist Audre Lorde published her book Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, she called it “biomythography,” a blend of memoir, history, and myth. It is this framework that Biomythography: Secret Poetry & Hidden Angers, a group exhibition at the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, uses to connect various artists working to transgress traditional narrative, genre, and history.

Zami recounts the author’s coming-of-age by centering on the formative women in her life. It is a story about Lorde’s immigrant mother, high-school classmates, lesbian partners, and other women who lived through a period of segregation and McCarthyism. The lives of these characters, and their struggles, intersect along lines of gender, sexuality, race, and class. The artworks in Secret Poetry & Hidden Angers are similarly interested in the ways different bodies experience history and the institutions that affect it.


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