Ellen Lesperance: Will There Be Womanly Times?
A booklet to accompany Ellen Lesperance’s first solo exhibition in London and inaugural show with Hollybush Gardens, featuring correspondence between the artist and Nadia Hebson.
The exhibition is established from Lesperance’s ongoing research into the activity of the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp*, a long-standing protest organised by women in response to the military-industrial complex and the escalation of nuclear power within the UK, coinciding with the 40th anniversary.
Lesperance presents a slide show of archival images, documenting the lived experience of the Greenham protestors, alongside a set of paintings and hand-knitted garments – a multi-dimensional means to represent the figurative. Emphasising the women’s use of pattern, colour, symbology and language, Lesperance identifies the rainbow as a unifying textural motif.
An unusual vertically opening cover mimics the act of unfolding an item of clothing, inviting the reader to participate with the exhibition.
Sharp typographic styling gives an uneven edge to the texts that nods to lettering found in the protest garments.
1 July – 11 September 2021
168 × 168 mm
Saddle stitched with adhesive fixing
* Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp was a series of protest camps established to protest against nuclear weapons being placed at RAF Greenham Common in Berkshire, England. The camp began in September 1981 after a Welsh group, Women for Life on Earth, arrived at Greenham to protest against the decision of the British government to allow cruise missiles to be stored there. After realising that the march alone was not going to get them the attention that they needed to have the missiles removed, women began to stay at Greenham to continue their protest. The first blockade of the base occurred in March 1982 with 250 women protesting, during which 34 arrests and one death occurred. The camp was active for 19 years and disbanded in 2000