NEW MAGICAL REALISM curated by Micha Eden Erdész

7. - 30.9.2019, The Minories, Essex, England

Margaret Atwood’s The Robber Bride (1993) tasks Zenia with narrating the wider subversive Magical forces contained. Much like the current political stage, Zenia is an image reflected in a smoky mirror, whose multiple and ‘forever shape-shifting character functions as a catalyst for new and re-emergent traumas.’ (Vickroy cited in Bouson 2010: 23) Colchester in Essex 2019 may be a ‘city’ uncomfortable with a rebellious connection to Boudicca against the hegemonic backdrop of Roman power. Spanning two-floors of the Minories’ Grade II Tudor site, artists invoke magical alterity by exploring the tension, life and approach to subject matter between the Magic and Real.