EXHIBITION + LESBIAN SEMIOTICS with Jade Sweeting and Janina Sabaliauskaite : Women Artists of the North East Library

Workplace Foundation, Gateshead 15 - 21 August 2018 
Workplace Foundation, Gateshead Free event, all welcome https://www.facebook.com/events/272271150229958/

During this week of the exhibition, artists Jade Sweeting and Janina Sabaliauskaite will bring a collaborative work into the exhibition at Workplace.


The new screenprint, ‘Key Study 1’ marks the start of their new project in response to Hal Fischer’s photographic study Gay Semiotics (1977) and the 1992 documentary Framing Lesbian Fashion by Karen Everett. The duo intend to use a method of analysis of dress codes and visual characteristics within lesbian communities and to explore how these might act as signifiers, that constitute a ‘lesbian semiotics’.


The work is part of the artists on-going collaborative practice exploring lesbian culture, initiated with their 2017 exhibition On Our Backs: An Archive, featuring work by Phyllis Christopher.


Jade and Janina invite women who identify as lesbians, to take part in their visual analysis by having their portrait taken alongside informal conversation.


If you’d like to get in touch with them about the project, please email lesbiansemiotics@gmail.com