|Ellen de Bruijne Projects at ARCO Madrid|
|13-17 February 2013|
Pavillion 10, Booth 10F12
Pauline Boudry/ Renate Lorenz
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Removing the outside wall of a ruined house, Taipei (2008) shows a neglected house in the city of Taipei, of which the outer wall has been taken down by the artist, previously separating the house from the city of Tai Pei. It is only one of the many examples of traditional houses that are threatened by city planners, to build more shopping malls. Not only is their value neglected, their presence is kept from sight by walls. By means of revealing sites that are hidden, the relations between environment and people are questioned - in past, present or future terms.
Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz will show their latest project Toxic. The film shows two protagonists of unclear gender and origin in an undated time: a punk figure in glitter (Ginger Brooks Takahashi) and a drag queen (Werner Hirsch). They linger in an environment of glossy remains, of toxic plants and transformed ethnographic and police photography. While the punk gives a speech on toxicity and a performance referencing early feminist art works, the drag queen reenacts an interview of Jean Genet from the '80s and blames the filmmakers for exposing her to the police-like scenario of being filmed. The camera turns and depicts the space-off,the space outside the frame.
In The Body in Crisis (Housing, Treating and Depicting) Pisano examines the history of modern medicine in relation to the history of Museo Reina Sofia. The Sabatini Building was a shelter for beggars in the 16th century, and after that functioned as a general hospital. Pisano links this history with certain crucial moments in 20th century Spain, which can be found represented in the Museum's collection. The development of public healthcare in Spain is thus shown to be interwoven with works of the collection that depict bodies in situations of poverty, hunger and war. By doing so, Pisano looks at the ability of representation to pose questions of medicine in direct relation to social and political realities.
A plant as a gesture or a floating mountain ridges, the phenomenon can be anything. Vingerling unravels what she sees and paints it as it is. So that there is only the presence left, relieved of its context. With her paintings she makes the beholder part of her wonder of the existence of the world. Vingerling is interested in the underlying structures and patterns of the things that meet the eye. Vingerling strips the context and reveals entities in their minimum state.
Artist talk with Karin Hasselberg
Saturday February 23rd at 4PM
At Ellen de Bruijne Projects
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