‘Flipside curated by The Amber Room

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FLIPSIDE is inspired by Ursula le Guin’s essay, 'The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction' Exhibiting works by Lotte Andersen, Saelia Aparicio, JJ Chan, Phoebe Cummings, Laura dee Milnes, Kira Freije, Roxanne Jackson, Rebecca Jagoe, Lindsey Mendick, Kamile Ofoeme, Paloma Proudfoot & Rosie Reed

In this essay Le Guin challenges the over-told and exhausted ‘Story of the Ascent of Man the Hero’, that is the narrative of early human survival through male heroism and hunting. She argues that this view stems from the Palaeolithic, Neolithic and Prehistoric times when the hunter-gatherer would return home with meat and a story, in which he portrayed himself as a hero. Le Guin takes a different view as she reminds us that the main way that human beings stayed alive at that time was by gathering seeds, roots, berries, leaves, nuts and grains. This indicates that the most important tool for survival must have been a vessel or container to hold gathered products, rather than a stick or a spear to poke and hit with. Le Guin refuses the linear, predictable and masculine notion of a ‘Hero’ and his ‘story’ and his sword.