Category: performance art

In times of social upheaval and societal change, women’s bodies become the target for pearl-clutching and knicker-twisting. I have no time for your Moral Panic, women’s bodies and women’s sexual agency is not a platform across which you must enact your politics.

Please visit Virginia’s MORAL PANIC website for more information.

A Pesky Upstart

Bludging all your CNZ money

Were you smitten?

Taking up space

I’m sorry about your fragile masculinity

Feminising space

Won’t fucking shut up

Look at what you’re wearing

That damn chair

Yes those are my undies. Would you like some gin? [Working title: The gin and undies dance]

Get the fuck away from me

Fuck your femme shaming

But whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?

Stop stomping on my body for your revolution

Capitalism and sex

Millenials can’t have nice things if they want to buy a house

Minimalism will not solve capitalism

There is not such thing as ethical consumption

My body is not anyone’s property

Sex work and commodity fetishism

Sex work IS work


You don’t own me

I am allowed to own objects

My frivolity will not hurt the Cause

Photo Credits:

  • Featured image: Daisy Petley, am i ever gonna be enough, Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds Beckett University, MA Performance assessment, Artist Mentor module, 2017
  • Gillian Dyson-Moss, Were you smitten?Leeds Beckett University, MA Performance assessment, Artist Project Minor module, December 2016
  • Stephen Daniels, Self Love is a Revolutionary Act, NEWK, Live Art Bistro, 2017
  • Lachlan Forsyth, Don’t Look, TV3 Story, September 2016
  • Virginia Kennard, am i ever gonna be enough [in rehearsal], Leeds Beckett University, MA Performance, Artist Mentor module, 2017
  • Daisy Petley, am i ever gonna be enough, Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds Beckett University, MA Performance assessment, Artist Mentor module, 2017

Exhibition and performance season over 17 days

Looking in to look out. Looking back.
Performance trace, collected materials, lipstick lists, naked drawings, invented instruments, and selfies; all part of this performance installation delving into how we look – at bodies, at women, at ourselves.
Thursday 4 – Saturday 20 June 2015
Toi Pōneke Gallery, Abel Smith Street
Te Aro, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand

Photo credits:
  • Fern King, Noisy Femmes and their Sexist Microphone [featured image]
  • Kristy McCormick Art and Imagery, The Bloody Bride
  • Kowhai Montgomery, Drumming and Dancing
  • Virginia Kennard, workshop session
  • Virginia Kennard, Hannah paints me
  • Virginia Kennard, Spinster Ladies Party with Colour in a Cunt
  • Pipi Ayesha-Evans, Please Ask First
  • Virginia Kennard, The Awakening by Natalie J. Cheetham
  • Erica Sklenars, I’m not your toy
  • Aurynn Shaw, Notes on Looking 2.0
  • Kowhai Montgomery, i’m selling shoes obviously

Performance research by Virginia Kennard

What does it mean to look and to be looked at?
Reversing the Gaze
Looking in to look out, looking back

  • Video how do i look? for explicit: implicit, The Porn Project, Auckland 2013
    Movement performance by Virginia Kennard
    Sonic composition by Emi Pogoni
    Vocal artists Vincent Konrad and Rose Blake
  • Performance installation The Lady Garden
    Featuring live naked women as desexualised objects, asking the audience to renegotiate the lens with which they use to look at women and women’s bodies
    World premiere, Matchbox Studios, Wellington, December 2012
  • Notes on looking
    to and fro
    , Artspace, Auckland 2014
    Short + Sweet Dance Festival, Auckland 2014
    The Menagerie, Fringe Bar, Wellington 2015
    you occupy my body by looking, Toi Pōneke Gallery, Wellington 2015
  • Spoken word performance What is body positivity?
    Poetry in Motion, Heaven Pizza, October 2013
  • Pole performance Voyeurist
    Performed for The Pole Room, Sci-Fi Fantasy show, Fringe Bar, Wellington 2015
    Mashup by Betty Lightbulb


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