Domestic Optimism
Act One - Modernism, a lesbian love story

Exhibition 2020
At the Grazer Kunstverein
Part of the Steirischer Herbst Parallell Program 2020
Curated by Kate Strain

Photographs by Christine Winkler & Thomas Raggam

List of works


Reception Room · Set Pieces – series of seven cut­out reproductions of selected campaign furniture and modernist Eileen Gray pieces, board, found images, flames, produced at Grazer Kunstverein, 2020

Main Gallery
Modernist furniture for dyke homes – Wallpaper #1 – Bibendum Chair by Eileen Gray, Alt Treptow, 2019

Modernist furniture for dyke homes – Wallpaper #2 – Coiffeuse by Eileen Gray, Schöneberg – created in collaboration with Kerstin Honeit, also displayed on city billboard at Ökonomiegasse 9, 2020

Modernist furniture for dyke homes – Wallpaper #3 – Transat Chair by Eileen Gray, Kreuzberg – created in collaboration with Line Skywalker Karlström, also displayed on city billboard at Ökonomiegasse 9, 2020

Soft Modular, After Eileen Gray’s Block Screens #1, fifteen panel hanging textile screen, bleached denim, recycled 90’s tracksuit pants, badges, metal components, produced on residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), 2019

Soft Modular, After Eileen Gray’s Block Screens #2, fifteen panel hanging textile screen, screen­printed denim, collaged denim jackets, embroidery, badges, paint, metal components, produced on residency at IMMA for the exhibition Seized by the Left Hand at Dundee Contemporary Arts, 2019

Soft Modular, After Eileen Gray’s Block Screens #3, fifteen panel hanging textile screen, bleached denim, recycled 90’s tracksuit pants, embroidery, badges, metal components, produced on residency at IMMA, 2020


An Abominable Little Perversion, A4 zine in English, 32 pages, full colour, produced with Market Gallery, Glasgow, as part of a remote Reading Troupe workshop Domestic Decadence, in collaboration with the participants, published by Grazer Kunstverein, 2020. Displayed in customized concrete structures

Domestic Optimism Script, A5 zine containing full script of video, in English and German, published by Grazer Kunstverein, 2020. Displayed in customized concrete structures

Screening Room Domestic Optimism, Act One: Modernism –
A Lesbian Love Story
, looped video, running time 36’17”, co­produced by Grazer Kunstverein and Project Arts Centre, Dublin, with additional support from The Arts Council of Ireland, Fingal Co. Co. and Askeaton Contemporary Arts. Translations by Suza Husse, filmed by Louis Haugh at Askeaton Swimming Club, 2020



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