At once crude yet intelligent, entertaining yet political, Rebecca Goyette’s summer exhibition at Freight + Volume, Ghost Bitch U.S.A., takes a pornographic poke at our social mores. Conceived in part as a tribute to her ancestor Rebecca Nurse, who was convicted and hanged as a witch in Salem, Goyette constructs the character Ghost Bitch that populates the videos, paintings, drawings and sculptures in the exhibition.
Part witch, part dominatrix, the pronounced sexuality of Ghost Bitch presents a strong feminist argument in the face of the Puritanical prudishness and sexism that stems from early in the country’s history and continues, albeit less stringently, to pervade American society even today.
A highlight of the exhibition, the video aptly entitled Ghost Bitch U.S.A., couples Ghost Bitch with none other than misogynistic, fear-mongering (presumptive) Presidential candidate Donald Trump. We see Trump bound to a tree, allowing Ghost Bitch to have his way with him, ultimately leading up to his castration.
Tasteful? Not really…Effective – Most definitely. Politics aside, this sequence and the exhibition as a whole provides some much-needed levity in the midst of what has proven to be a tense and difficult year. Goyette’s creation Ghost Bitch is, in her own way, an empowering figure, and provides her audience with a perfect mixture of titillation and weightiness to help navigate the many political and feminist challenges we face.
Rebecca Goyette: Ghost Bitch U.S.A. at Freight and Volume
Exhibits July 14th – September 11th, 2016
97 Allen St, NYC