BODY WORK with Rachel Maclean, Shana Moulton, Heather Phillipson and Julie Verhoeven
BODY WORK is the second installation of an ongoing series of video and film screenings presented by EVBG featuring works by Rachel Maclean, Shana Moulton, Heather Phillipson and Julie Verhoeven
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Opening: 15 January 2016, 6pm – 10pm
16 January 12pm – 6pm
ReTramp Gallery // Reuterstraße 62, 12047 Berlin
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Clean it, heal it, wipe it, wrap it, sanitised and mesmerised.
Purity and danger, dirt and paranoia.
Odours and openings.
The female body is never considered clean. It sweats, it bleeds, it grows hair, it smells. It requires constant care and work. It is either categorically filthy or ideal-ised and pure.
Since the 19th century, women have become agents and objects of what historian Kathleen Brown defines as “body work“: cleaning, healing and caring practices which not only keep the body clean but also reflect changing notions of health, class and gender. Social anthropologist Mary Douglas stated that dirt, as well as taboo body fluids such as menstrual blood, are eliminated in cleansing rituals, be-cause they depict “matter out of place“, a sign of chaos and unsettlement. Time and money is spent to put the matter into place, to purify and modify. The female body is understood to be “out of control“, a woman who does not partake in “body work“ is letting herself go.
The featured film and video pieces in BODY WORK explore images and imageries of the female body in multiple ways, examining what it means to work with and on the female body.
Working in green screen composite videos and digital print, Rachel Maclean forms disturbing candy-coloured, multi-layered worlds, referencing both historical events and imagined futures. The artist graduated from Edinburgh College of Art. Solo exhibitions include Zabludowicz Collection, London and The Centre for Contempo-rary Arts, Glasgow.
Germs, 2013, 03:00 min.
New York City, US.
Taking on the role of the fictive character Cynthia, Shana Moulton creates perfor-mance, installation and video works which easily slip from the absurdities of daily life to dream-like sequences of the subconscious, from consumer culture to New Age aesthetics.
Recent exhibitions and events at MoMA, New York; Yerba Buena center for the Arts, San Francisco; Smack Mellon, New York and DUVE, Berlin.
Swisspering, 2013, 09:01 min.
Heather Phillipson works across video, sculpture, drawing, music, text and live events. Her videos and sculptural installations behave as places, musical scores, poems and nervous systems – attending to how physical and affective “selves“ are constructed, manipulated and, above all, escape. Phillipson’s work was previously shown at the Istanbul Biennial; Performa New York; Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt; Tate Britain, London; Serpentine Gallery, London; Palais de Tokyo, Paris and Insti-tute of Contemporary Art, London.
FINAL DAYS: HOSIERY, 2015, HD video (part 3 of 6), 02:48 min.
Following her work as a fashion designer and illustrator, Julie Verhoeven creates intriguing video works and installations. Combining fabrics, patterns, costumes, ob-jects and music to a wild, sensual collocation, Verhoeven draws on concepts of style, sexuality and gender. Her work has recently been shown at Institute of Con-temporary Art, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and The Holburne Museum, Bath, amongst others.
Whiskers Between my Legs, 2014, 06:44 min.
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