Kerchy, Anna and Jakab, Zsófia (2018) Beckoning. [Show/Exhibition]


The output is an exhibition featuring a large body of work which directly engages with the legacies of Louise Bourgeois, exploring the iconography of the spider and the fairy tale practice of spinning. Zsófia Jakab is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is closely informed by research into narrative, art history and folklore. This output, as Jakab’s first solo show, offered the opportunity for an early career artist to be shown alongside mid-career artists in whose work Jakab has sought particular nourishment, especially Tessa Farmer and Eleanor Morgan. A portrait of Jakab by Chloe Briggs also teased and queried notions of artistic identity. Artwork by Bourgeois, meanwhile, was necessarily absent. The term “beckoning” has was borrowed from Mieke Bal’s study ‘Louise Bourgeois: The Architecture of Art Writing’ (2001) as a way of characterising Jakab’s encounter with her forbearers. An interpretation text by the Hungarian cultural historian Anna Kérchy accompanied the exhibition.

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