Antonia Marsh’s Show Explores The Fragmented, Decaying Body

Thea Bichard, Dazed Digital, September 4, 2017

The curator's most ambitious show to date explores attraction and repulsion, truth and lies, the artificial and the natural, with works from Harley Weir, Alba Hodsoll, and Faye Wei Wei


"The body is like a sentence that invites us to rearrange it." This is German artist Hans Bellmer's anagrammatic theory, which alludes to the idea that bodies can be pulled apart and reassembled in ways to suit ourselves. It's also a running theme in curator Antonia Marsh's latest show, which opens at London's Cob Gallery tomorrow. The exhibition name itself - The Belly and the Members - is borrowed from a 6th century BC Aesop fable of the same name. Within the text, members of the body go on strike against the belly - believing it to be taking all the food for itself - before themselves weakening and being forced to realise that they must work together to survive.