Walking in the Way
Pauline Cummins & Frances Mezzetti
The book documents the project Walking in the Way, begun in 2008. It is a timely addition to the discourse on gender and on how men and women occupy public space differently.
Although it is a beautiful document in its own right, the book opens up the debate around women and the sense of safety in cities in which the performances have occurred, i.e. in Turkey, Spain, the UK and Ireland.
Publication: March 2022
List Price: £22.50
Format: ~ Paperback - 98 pages
Size: 26 x 20 cm (landscape)
Tags: walking, walking arts, performance, masculinity, performance art, gender issues,
Publisher: Women Artists Action Group
UK Distributor: Triarchy Press
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WALKING IN THE WAY – Performing Masculinity began as a collaborative performance series by established artists Frances Mezzetti and Pauline Cummins. They explore control of space, stereotyping, masculinities, movement and presence. Walking in the Way was first performed in Dublin in 2009 and the artists continue to probe the possibilities to date.
As feminist artists who challenge essentialist fixed identities, these Irish artists seek to make visible how gender intersects with society. They pay particular attention to how small acts and movements can be re-presented and performed in and through their “gendered” bodies.
The Walking in the Way performances take place in cities where the two female artists take on the mannerism, gestures and physicality of male presence in the public arena. The focus of each piece develops from the general to the particular and each one is unique to that city. The development of the work is informed by key figures from the chosen community, and an important part of the research process is informed by understandings and connections that are forged with local individuals in each of the selected cities.
The performances are observational, transient works, with a unique meaning and resolution.
10 performances have taken place in 9 different cities, Dublin, Belfast, London Edinburgh, Derry/Londonderry, Istanbul, Madrid, Seville, and Malaga.
This book is a written and photographic record of those performances with essays by Catherine Marshall (To See or Not to See), Dr. Áine Phillips (A Lineage of Practice), Dr. Kate Antosik-Parsons (The Materiality of Walking in the Way) and Nieves Correa (A World of Appearances).