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Wicked Women: Reimagining Gender and Fairytale


Tickets — Free

Part of the Spring 2019 season

Wicked Women explores the gender narratives that are shaped through fairytale and mythology, and the female archetypes that are woven into our histories and contemporary society. This symposium will ask how we can collectively re-imagine and re-tell women’s stories, and how they affect our present and future narrative.

The symposium will be followed by a screening of Marianna Simnett’s film The Needle and the Larynx (2016), which continues the artist’s exploration of infection, gender, perversion, desire, and illness, through visceral, distorted experiences.


Marianna Simnett lives and works in London. Through performance, video, watercolour, and installation, she challenges how bodies are perceived and imagined. Uncanny narratives display the body as a site of dispute, performing surgical interventions and gestures of collapse and ecstasy.

Dr Francesca Sobande is a Digital Media Studies Lecturer at Cardiff University. Francesca’s work particularly focuses on issues concerning race, gender, digital space and pop culture. She is the author of The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2020).

Lesley Taker is a Liverpool-based arts producer, curator and writer. She is particularly interested in the ways in which technology is changing contemporary art practice and discourse, and in artworks which deal with fluid identities, shifting truths, or unstable narratives.

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