Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz
1972, Switzerland / 1963, Germany ; live and work in Berlin
Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz have been working together for more than ten years, making films, and producing installations and sculptures. They describe their research as “queer archaeology”, a way of identifying in history and bringing back to life figures and bodies which have entitled themselves to offer self-descriptions. 40mcube presents the video installation I Want (2015). The film opens with a protagonist wearing tinted glasses. She speaks: “You should feel as comfortable as possible because these art shows can be deadly”. She uses the first person singular, but we swiftly realize that her identity is a multiple one, and that her “I” is, at the very least, that of the New York punk poet Kathy Acker and the whistle-blower Chelsea Manning. Before shifting to her identity as a woman, this latter was a US army soldier who was sent to Iraq, best known for having downloaded and distributed a certain number of secret military reports, which led to his imprisonment. In the words spoken by the protagonist to the camera, there is thus a mixture of snippets of texts and words uttered by K. Acker and C. Manning, which gravitate around several subjects: anti-militarism, sex, identity and subversion. Through the stances and roles she incarnates, what is involved is both transforming society and waging a personal revolution.
At the Frac Bretagne, long locks of hair hang over a six-foot area forming an opaque object which is neither a sculpture nor a picture (Wig Piece (Mimicry), 2017). With its white zip, it might evoke a minimalist Barnett Newman painting, but this wig piece refers above all to the nocturnal world, to the safe opaqueness of the underground, to drag, and to the luminous power of these spaces and bodies.
En coproduction avec /co-produced by 40mcube
Avec le soutien de / with the support of Pro Helvetia, Fondation suisse pour la culture
I WANT, 2015
Installation with double HD projection (16’) Performance : Sharon Hayes
Collection Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (UK) Courtesy Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam; Marcelle Alix, Paris
Wig Piece (Mimicry), 2017
Felt, artificial hair, metal
Courtesy of the artists; Marcelle Alix, Paris; Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam.
With the support of Pro Helvetia, Fondation suisse pour la culture