Ellen de Bruijne Projects proudly presents the video installation Toxic by Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz at arteBA 2016.
The film Toxic shows two protagonists in an undated time, a punk figure in glitter (Ginger Brooks Takahashi) and a drag queen (Werner Hirsch), both of unclear gender and origin. While the punk gives a speech on toxicity and does a performance referencing early feminist art works, the drag queen re-enacts an interview of Jean Genet from the ‘80s and blames the filmmakers for exposing her to the police-like scenario of being filmed. Ultimately turning the lens on itself, as Toxic interrogates the filmic apparatus as a medium of toxic substances and effects.
Conceived for both the Paris Triennale 2012 and the South London Gallery, 2012, the film installation is accompanied by local archival research that charts moments of representational ambiguity in the early history of police photography.
The work of Boudry & Lorenz revisits documents from the past, photographs, and films. They are researching the history of erased or illegible “queer” moments. Through their films and installations, the artists appropriate historical images to allow a displacement or a skewing of authority, and the means that lead to such knowledge.
Pauline Boudry (Lausanne, Swiss, 1972) and Renate Lorenz (Bonn, Germany, 1963) are based in Berlin, where they have been working together since 2007. Recent solo exhibitions includes: Portrait of an Eye, Kunsthalle Zürich (2015), Loving, Repeating, Kunsthalle Wien (2015), Patriarchal Poetry, Badischer Kunstverein (2013), Aftershow, CAPC, Bordeaux (2013); Toxic Play in Two Acts, South London Gallery (2012) and Contagieux! Rapports contre la normalité, Centre d´Art Contemporain, Geneva (2011). Critical text on the artists includes Gregg Bordowitz, Antke Engel, Nana Adusei-Poku and Mathias Danbolt. They published the catalogues Temporal Drag by Hatje Cantz in 2011, and Aftershow by Sternberg Press in 2014. Upcoming catalogue I WANT expected in June 2016.
arteBa 2016, Buenos Aires
Dates & Hours: May 19-22, 14-21h
Opening: May 18, 19h
Location: La Rural, 2704 Sarmiento Avenue, Buenos Aires
Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Amsterdam
Phone NL 00 31 20 530 4994
Phone AR 00 31 6 1824 7263