Alteria Art presents The House of Penelope an evolving exhibition by The Modern Penelope Collective, a group of curators and artists including Becky Allen, Charlotte Colbert, Adeline de Monseignat, Camilla Emson, Nancy Fouts, Alix Janta-Polczynski, Lauren Jones and Eloise van der Heyden. Also featuring artworks by Alice Anderson, Miriam Austin, Bea Bonafini, Soojin Kang, Radhika Kimji, Mariana Mauricio and Walter & Zoniel.
The House of Penelope is the result of an 18-month-long programme of meetings and work groups, each of which centred on the myth of Penelope. Penelope is a mythological character from the Odyssey who has been an inspiration throughout time, known for her faithfulness and patience. Her story embodies concepts of waiting, longing and mourning, but the strongest element is her willpower which enabled her to resist against authority and protocol and allowed her independence through her intellect and her work.
Under the curatorship of Janta-Polczynski and Jones, each member of the collective has created a new installation in response to this myth, the majority of which will involve an evolutive aspect whereby the public are invited to observe, participate or contribute directly to the construction of the work.
The House of Penelope was on view at Gallery 46, 46 Ashfield St, London, from 8 – 29 Jan 2017.