‘My mind compels me to tell of forms changed into new bodies.’ – Ovid, Metamorphoses
‘…she implored that she might be translated away from mortal sight’ – From the elegiac poems of Diodorus58 of Elaea and the twenty-fifth book of Phylarchus
Well Projects is very excited to present the second iteration of Metamorph, a long term collaboration between Clémentine Bedos, Assia Ghendir, Verity Coward and Holly Hunter.
Metamorph is a multi-disciplinary project that revisits the myth of Daphne through a transcultural and multi-species lens. It uses queer methodologies and transmedia storytelling techniques to shift the narrative around the agency of the character in their becoming-tree, and their relationship to the landscape.
In the traditional representation of this story, Daphne’s transformation has been interpreted as an ‘𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘴𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦’ or ‘𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 ‘. We see a portal to a holistic metamorphosis, maybe. A becoming inalienably, inextricably enmeshed in a tangled network: 𝗮𝗻 𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗲/𝗱 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a number of workshops drawing on key themes, please visit the links below to find out more!
Clémentine Bedos, Assia Ghendir, Verity Coward and Holly Hunter would like to thank Jupiter Woods, Mimosa House and Well Projects for working with them to share this work in its many different guises; and James Holcombe for supporting them with ups and downs of 16mm film production.