Dutch artists Liesbeth and Angelique Raeven do not go with the flow. They refuse to consume food thoughtlessly, they refuse to accept womanhood and the feminine roles society assigns to them, and they also refuse to be labeled as anorexic. Both are fascinated by the image of the body as promoted by the worlds of fashion and advertising, and they subvert this image in their works. Producing videos and performances under the name L.A. Raeven, these identical twins walk a dangerous tightrope hotly debated in the world of art. They always perform as a duo, celebrating their symbiotic relationship and playing with the notion of “evil twins”. Their performances can be painful, and yet they have to be accepted as valid forms of artistic expression.
This monograph presents L.A. Raeven’s work of the past ten years. By selecting ten major works and revealing their particular manner of preparing and investigating, this volume looks to unravel the creative process behind their fascinating works of art. In addition to numerous documents and reports, the artists turn the tables on conventional interview procedure by questioning renowned specialists in the fields of eating disorders, gender studies, and consumer research. Essays by art historians and critics complement the ideas behind L.A. Raeven’s oeuvre and situate the work into the sphere of contemporary art.
L.A. Raeven – ANALYSE/RESEARCH PARIS
Edited by Ellen De Bruijne
Interview of the artists with Adriaan Kole, Liedeke Plate, Janet Treasure
Texts by Jennifer Allen, Zoran Eric, Mirjam Westen
Graphic design by Mevis & van Deursen
Softcover, 22 x 29,9 cm
220 pages (Images 195 colour / 55 b/w)