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Artemisia Gentileschi's 'Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria'

At the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Until 8 September 2024

Ikon Gallery

Image: Ikon Gallery. Photo by Tod Jones

Ikon is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art gallery, situated in Birmingham’s city centre. Established in 1964 by a group of artists, Ikon celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2024.

Housed in a magnificent Victorian school building, it is an educational charity with free entry for all and works to encourage public engagement with contemporary art through exhibiting new work in a context of debate and participation.

Ikon is open Wednesday - Sunday, 11am - 5pm.

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Artemisia Gentileschi and Jesse Jones at Ikon Gallery

Image: Jesse Jones, Mirror Martyr Mirror Moon (2024). 16mm film, 16 minutes duration. Production still Mark Duggan

Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria by Artemisia Gentileschi is on display at Ikon Gallery. Surrounding the Gentileschi work, and made as a direct response, is a solo exhibition by contemporary Irish artist Jesse Jones — whose artistic practice crosses film, sound, performance, sculpture and installation.

‘Mirror Martyr Mirror Moon’ presents multiple symbols of feminist resistance. Jones transforms Ikon’s gallery space to present audiences with an opportunity to 'encounter' Gentileschi’s self portrait through a new lens.

Jesse Jones’ exhibition is supported by The Ampersand Foundation, Culture Ireland, Arts Council of Ireland and the Finnis Scott Foundation. This exhibition is presented as part of Ikon’s 60th anniversary year.

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