By exploring the means and possibilities of performance as well as the notion of performativity, Stefanie Seibold (1967, DE) creates alternative spaces that allow for a narration of different sexual and gender identities. In the frame of her ongoing project Sufragette city/City of women the show at Dolores will comprise material that she assembled in A READER, a series of posters that represents an independent context for her work but also functions as an autonomous piece.
The Project A READER is a collection of seemingly disparate materials: from photos to newspaper articles, from drawings to posters, from literary quotes to pop lyrics, propaganda slogans, manifestos, own materials and samples, group projects, collectives individuals and so on.
The elements of A READER are combined trough several underlying themes and principles, with a particular attention on their gestural and performative values, as well as their utopian potentials. The very way in which A READER is constructed activates its performative energies. A visual archive not only of storage and collection but also one that activates its elements and connects them. An indexed image atlas, that generates meaning and represents in itself the ideas of the performative: the work makes visible the processes of arrangement and structuring (as well as reading and looking), quasi as parallel to the content-transfers between signs and gestures, e.g. the markings of sex and gender.
Opening: 25/02/06 , 17-19h Exhibition: 25/02/06 – 01/04/06
The print issue of A READER will be presented March 11 during the symposium on the relationship between Art, Performativity and today’s Feminism organized by If I can’t dance I don’t want to be part of your revolution at Huis a/d Werf in Utrecht.
FREE EXCHANGE: 02/03/06, 20h
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