Title

Wear & Tear

Description/Abstract/Artist Statement

Wear & Tear is a documentary poetics project acknowledging and addressing the systematic policing, silencing, violence, and stripping of self-expression that women have suffered at the hands of cultural, societal, religious, and sexist norms. Wear & Tear is a hybrid research project which draws together mass culture archives and uses heterogenous sources like advertisements and juxtapose these with excerpts from sacred texts which seek to proscribe and circumscribe women’s clothing choices. It models itself on archival works such as Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee which works with image, language, and voice. My project presents a distinctly material cultural history of women’s work and labor. Wear & Tear is about those in the world who have done and still do their best to tear women down and those who have used what women wear to do it. But more importantly, this poem is about women wearing whatever they please, without fear of reprisals, and tearing down the walls that confine them along the way.

Presenting Author Name/s

Wymberley Davis

Faculty Advisor/Mentor

Margaret Konkol

College Affiliation

College of Arts & Letters

Presentation Type

Artwork

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Women's History | Women's Studies

Session Title

Art Exhibit

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library

Start Date

3-19-2022 9:15 AM

End Date

3-19-2022 11:00 AM

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Mar 19th, 9:15 AM Mar 19th, 11:00 AM

Wear & Tear

Learning Commons @ Perry Library

Wear & Tear is a documentary poetics project acknowledging and addressing the systematic policing, silencing, violence, and stripping of self-expression that women have suffered at the hands of cultural, societal, religious, and sexist norms. Wear & Tear is a hybrid research project which draws together mass culture archives and uses heterogenous sources like advertisements and juxtapose these with excerpts from sacred texts which seek to proscribe and circumscribe women’s clothing choices. It models itself on archival works such as Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee which works with image, language, and voice. My project presents a distinctly material cultural history of women’s work and labor. Wear & Tear is about those in the world who have done and still do their best to tear women down and those who have used what women wear to do it. But more importantly, this poem is about women wearing whatever they please, without fear of reprisals, and tearing down the walls that confine them along the way.