SEDIMENT Exhibitions Presents:
"Maternity Leave: Para-Natural Pregnancies", by Devin Harclerode + Kristen Sanders
Opening reception on March 3rd from 6-9pm.
Exhibition runs through March 26th.
Gallery hours Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1-6pm.
Maternity Leave: Para-Natural Pregnancies is a collection of six suits that invoke notions of “anti-fertility” and preternatural birth. Exploring various birthing phenomena through myth-making, the outfits work to disintegrate the stigmas, regulations, and narratives surrounding the relationship between having a uterus and giving birth.
With wearable suits as our medium, we give power to the performative identity.
We deconstruct conventional outfit making materials to imagine a fashion that can shift our reality of what giving birth means. Our labor is interested in appropriating “women’s work”, emphasizing its gendering and selling ready-to-wear accessories to subvert the unpaid status of domestic and reproductive labor.
The collection examines how pregnancy and birth distorts and redefines what is human and thus what is “femininity”. The aim is to shift the stigmas in the positive by investigating phenomena such as sci-fi human-alien hybrid birth, fetus mutation, Hippocrates’ treatises on infertile woman, female hominid ancestors, ancient birth control, and witchcraft.
Ultimately, our suits embody characters that evoke the prehuman, the human, and the para-human - considering metaphorical fertility as something fluid and something to weaponize.
Come see Maternity Leave with cash in hand to buy the ready-to-wear accessories with your contributions going to the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project (RRFP.net) to fund abortions for those that otherwise would not be able to afford them!
SEDIMENT Events is thrilled to present a night of left field electronic/techno zones featuring:
Bary Center w/ Gardener + TBA
Saturday, March 11th
Doors at 8:30pm, Sounds at 9pm
Bary Center, the musical moniker of Appalachia's Mark Williams, has released 10 different albums on various labels from the United States, Europe, and Asia since 2013. Using out-dated, semi-functional machines, BC creates an experimental techno soundtrack for the dark, sweaty basement in your soul.
"Bary Center’s music is massive and constantly in motion...fills these tunes with accessible hooks and inventive ways to package 4/4 rhythms to appeal to the raver (not me) and the internalizer (me) in equal measure. It’s a deft trick, and one that he’s continuing to pull off" -Cassette Gods
"..sounds like equal parts Ben Frost and Steve Reich, blended on an electric soundboard in hell. It is what I would expect to hear in the background if my life were a David Cronenberg film" -Tiny Mix Tapes
"The witness is treated to a truly organic experience as vocal layers intertwine with sequenced patterns and thunderous drones. Gardener exemplifies a true "Die Mensch-Maschine" ethos. When coupled with live construction of vocal knots, one can easily appreciate the synthesizer as an actual cyber-entity as well as performative instrument." -Joe Bastardo, Moss Archive