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‘The Taste of this History: a Church in my Mouth’ is a solo show at Workplace Gallery of new and existing works by Emily Hesse.

Emily Hesse’s interdisciplinary, often collaborative practice includes the use of performance, drawing, writing, sculpture, ceramics and installation to question and aggravate social and political power dynamics through, yep, psychogeography, philosophy, and regional folk histories, collective action and the use of land and its associated materials as a physical form of protest. Deeply rooted in social structures and the landscape itself, Hesse’s work is born of the space she occupies and underpinned by a free thinking approach influenced by the philosophies of 20th century thinkers such as Hannah Arendt, Rachel Bespaloff, Albert Camus and Heinrich Blucher. Utilising aesthetics as a tool for subversion, Hesse takes her own land, the overlooked, personal items from her home and family life, the often ugly and unfamiliar, materials of historical significance and draws out their political and social mythologies, highlighting thought provoking content and transforming them into objects of collective familiarity.

Emily Hesse: The Taste of this History: a Church in my Mouth, until 22 December, Workplace Gallery, The Old Post Office, West Street, Gateshead. workplacegallery.co.uk