Ireland at Venice, the national representation of Ireland at the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, presents Jesse Jones in 2017. Jesse Jones considers 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 of La Biennale di Venezia from May – November 2017, with Commissioner and Curator, Tessa Giblin. It then opens in Singapore at LASALLE College of the Arts, and runs November – February 2018. Tremble Tremble will then be presented at Project Arts Centre in Dublin, and Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh.
Its 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, 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 brought together in a symbolic, gigantic body, to proclaim a new law, that of In Utera Gigantae.
Based in Dublin, Jones has been researching the ways in which the law transmits memory between generations and over time. Her research weaves between an archaeological dig of a 3.5 million year old female specimen, to the suppressed voices of the witch trials of the 16th century Europe, the symphysiotomy trials, and abortion legislation in Ireland today. The new world order to be found in Tremble Tremble churns testimony, published statements and new lyrics into a towering bodily incantation. Jones has collaborated with theatre artist Olwen Fouéré, and sound artist Susan Stenger, who have together creating an artwork that extends across the pavilion and galleries as an expanded form of cinema.
A book has been published in English and Italian, featuring writing by Silvia Federici, Tina Kinsella, Lisa Godson, and Tessa Giblin. Designed by Åbäke, with photography by Ros Kavanagh, Tremble Tremble / Tremate Tremate is co-published by Mousse Publishing and Project Arts Centre.
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