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Curated by: Sara Hantman

812 North Highland Avenue
90038 Los Angeles
November 11th, 2017 - December 16th, 2017
Opening: November 11th, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

santa monica/venice
Tue-Sat 10-6


“W.I.T.C.H. is an all-women Everything. It’s theater, revolution, magic, terror, joy, garlic flowers, spells. It’s an awareness that witches and gypsies were the original guerrillas and resistance fighters against oppression — particularly the oppression of women — down through the ages. Witches have always been women who dared to be: groovy, courageous, aggressive, intelligent, nonconformist, explorative, curious, independent, sexually liberated, revolutionary (This possibly explains why nine million of them have been burned.) Witches were the first Friendly Heads and Dealers, the first birth-control practitioners and abortionists, the first alchemists. They bowed to no man, being the living remnants of the oldest culture of all — one in which men and women were equal sharers in a truly cooperative society, before the death-dealing sexual, economic, and spiritual repression of the Imperialist Phallic Society took over and began to destroy nature and human society.”
– Excerpt from the W.I.T.C.H.* manifesto written in 1968


Katherine Bradford  (b. 1942, New York, NY)
Julie Curtiss  (b. 1982, Paris, France)
Jessie Homer French  (b. 1940, New York, NY)
Cy Gavin  (b. 1985, Pittsburgh, PA)
Anna Glantz  (b.1989, Concord, MA)
Sanam Khatibi  (b. 1979, Tehran, Iran)
Rainen Knecht  (b. 1982, Gig Harbor, WA)
Lazaros  (b. 1984, Salt Lake City, UT)
Nicky Lesser  (b. 1988, Los Angeles, CA)
Ana Mendieta  (b. 1948, Havana, Cuba)
Walter Price  (b. 1989, Macon, GA)
Anna Sew Hoy  (b. 1976, Auckland, New Zealand)
Marianne Vitale  (b. 1973, East Rockaway, NY)

*Brazenly anarchist, anti-hierarchal, and wildly playful, W.I.T.C.H. was a female-led collective (including members of all genders) that engaged in political and surrealist protest actions in the late 1960s – 70s. Although poorly documented and understudied, the group was principally associated with the Women’s Liberation Movement and its acronym would change according to the group’s needs. It was also one of the first collectives to link the international history of witchcraft (which can be traced as far back as 2nd Century writings on Hecate, the Hellenic goddess of light, entrance-ways, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, magic and moons) to political reform and civil rights.

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