Jesse Jones’ Tremble Tremble will be presented in Talbot Rice Gallery within the University of Edinburgh, opening on the 26th October 2018. Commissioned and curated by Talbot Rice Gallery Director, Tessa Giblin, Tremble Tremble was created by Jesse Jones for the Pavilion of Ireland at the 57th Venice Biennale. Its title is inspired by the 1970s Italian wages for housework movement, during which women chanted “Tremate, tremate, le streghe sono tornate! (Tremble, tremble, the witches have returned!)”. Jones’ new work emerges from a rising social movement in Ireland which calls for a transformation of the historic relationship between the church and the state. In this time of change, Jones returns to the witch as a feminist archetype and disrupter who has the potential to transform reality. Tremble Tremble imagines a different legal order, one in which the multitude are brought together in a symbolic, gigantic body, to proclaim a new law, that of In Utera Gigantae. Filling the Georgian Gallery of the University of Edinburgh’s flagship gallery space, Tremble Tremble will furthermore become the hub of a wider curatorial project around it, resulting in a group exhibition ranging across all the galleries of Talbot Rice.
Image: Jesse Jones, Tremble Tremble, 2017, installed at Ireland Venice 2017