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May 11th - June 10th 2019



She Persists // Guerrilla Girls, Judy Chicago, Lynda Benglis and Rose McGowan presented by HEIST Gallery.

Curated by Mashael Al Rushaid + Sona Datta.


Location: Palazzo Benzon, San Marco 3927, 30124 Venice. Googlemaps link.

Opening hours: 10:00 - 18:00, every day.

HEIST Gallery is delighted to present She Persists, a landmark exhibition of works by 22 established and emerging artists from 11th May to 10th June in Palazzo Benzon, Venice. The exhibition aims to champion the voices of trailblazing female artists who have radically altered the narrative of art history alongside a generation of younger artist-activists. Bringing together an array of artists from New York, London and Lahore, She Persists will offer a forum for debate and discussion during the most significant global gathering of the art world: the Venice Biennale.


Curated by HEIST Gallery founder, Mashael Al Rushaid and art historian Sona Datta, the exhibition will bring together artworks which underpin the commonality of the female experience; exploring themes of displacement and diaspora, homeland and nationhood through sculpture, painting, film, projection, virtual reality, photography and performance.

The exhibition will also feature significant works by Aisha Abid Hussain, Pakistan; Anna Boggon, United Kingdom; Anila Quayyum Agha, Pakistan; Annie Morris, United Kingdom; Chitra Ganesh, United States; Emilie Pugh, United Kingdom; Faiza Butt, Pakistan; Lalla Essaydi, Morocco; Maïmouna Guerresi, Italian-Senegalese; Maria Khan, Pakistan; Maria Kreyn, Russia; Samira Abbassy, Iran; Shirin Neshat, Iran; Yasue Maetake, Japan.

HEIST Gallery will take over the historic Palazzo Benzon on the Grand Canal, the site of eighteenth-century salons held by Venetian salonnière Marina Querini Benzon who hosted Lord Byron and Antonio Canova. The opening of She Persists continues the palazzo’s history of championing women and female rebellion.
The Venice Biennale is the heart of the global art world. As a gallerist and a Saudi woman, I felt a sense of responsibility to use this platform to spotlight a rich diversity of global artists' perspectives. Whether in London or Venice, HEIST Gallery aims to create spaces for art to be a catalyst for dialogue.” Mashael Al-Rushaid, Founder of HEIST Gallery.

Ahead of the public opening, HEIST Gallery has partnered with Notting Hill members’ club Laylow from 6th to 10th May, offering members a satellite space separate to the national pavilions during preview week and host to external events.

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