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Nay, Her Foot Speaks
Group Show

12 Jul - 15 Sep, 2023


Fie, fie upon her! There’s language in her eye, her cheek, her lip, Nay, her foot speaks’
Ulysses in William Shakespeare’s Trolius and Cressida, IV 5.54-57


Cooke Latham Gallery is announced a group exhibition that visually interrogates gesture; the non-verbal language by which power, religion, sexuality and humour have historically been read.

Using the Shakespearian quote from Trolius and Cressida as a point of departure the exhibition investigates how gestures have historically been used artistically (in the quoted instance to pigeonhole a woman as ‘wanton’) to analyse and ‘read’ those around us.

As with spoken language, gestures evolve and mutate over time and their subtle politics, without a dictionary counterpart, come to reflect the societal norms and geographic concerns of those that make/ 'read' them.

The artists included in the exhibition all use gesture as a conceptual tool, either to parody or cast reflection upon the historical lexicon of gesture within their own culture or to create a new, hypothetical, gestural alphabet of their own.


The exhibition will be accompanied by a text by Toby Upson


  • -  Laila Tara H.

In this show

Laila Tara H., (In)Edible, 2023, 0
2023 | (In)Edible

Laila Tara H.

113.5 × 73.5cm

Installation view