Opening: Friday, August 28, 2015
The staged films and cinematic installations of Swiss artist Pauline Boudry and German artist Renate Lorenz often begin with a song, a performance, a movie or a script of the past. Their works To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation (2013), Opaque (2014) and I WANT (2015) present a partially fictional and time-encompassing collaboration, that sheds light on the close-knit web of references to experimental film, the history of photography or underground (drag) performance. They develop their own artistic aesthetic, which – through images, objects and relations – reaches a political dimension by challenging rehearsed norms and the relationship to the Other. Their performers are choreographers, artists and musicians that share their longstanding interest in questions of tangible utopia.
Commissioned by Kunsthalle Zürich and Nottingham Contemporary
Generously supported by Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung and Volkart Stiftung