Texts by Silvia Federici, Tessa Giblin, Lisa Godson, and Tina Kinsella
Edited by Tessa Giblin
Combining Brechtian theater techniques of estrangement with elements drawn from pop music and cinema, the Dublin-based artist Jesse Jones creates films and performances that refer to historical instances of communal culture yet resonate with contemporary life and politics. The publication accompanying the Pavilion of Ireland at the 2017 Venice Biennale borrows its title—Tremble Tremble—from the 1970s Italian “Wages for Housework” campaign, during which women chanted “Tremate tremate, le streghe sono tornate!” (Tremble, tremble, the witches have returned!). “Drawing on this movement,” writes the pavilion’s curator, Tessa Giblin, “Jones conflates the memory of the witch hysteria with the oppression of women and their reduction to the status of unpaid domestic laborers. She restores the witch as a feminist archetype, a disrupter who possesses the potential to transform reality.” Tremble, tremble, the witches have returned!
About the Artist:
Based in Dublin, Jesse Jones has been researching the ways in which the law transmits memory between generations and over time. Her research weaves between an archaeological dig of a 3.5 million year old female specimen, to the suppressed voices of the witch trials of 16th century Europe, the symphysiotomy trials, and abortion legislation in Ireland today. The new world order to be found in Tremble Tremble churns testimony, court statements and song into a towering bodily incantation.
About the Publisher:
Mousse Publishing is an independent publishing house founded in 2006. Born as a spin-off of Mousse, the contemporary art magazine, Mousse Publishing was created to give every printed project originality, care, and respect. Mousse Publishing makes books with artists, writers, public and private institutions, galleries, and other art and cultural initiatives. Our focus is on artist monographs and artist books, conceived and created in concert with the artist. Mousse Publishing also releases online contents, printed ephemera, and artist editions.