Artists: Özlem Altin, Alexandra Bircken, Hanna-Maria Hammari, Lewis Hammond Vera Palme, Marta Riniker-Radich, Diamond Stingily, Frieda Toranzo Jaeger
Venue: Deborah Schamoni, Munich
Exhibition Title: Erratic Resistance
Curated With: Simone Neuenschwander
Date: May 30 – August 3, 2019
Full gallery of images, press release, and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of Deborah Schamoni, Munich. Photos by Ulrich Gebert.
“… desire isn’t lack, it’s surplus energy – a claustrophobia inside your skin –” Chris Kraus, I Love Dick, 1997
Human bodies are incalculable entities, enigmatic biotopes. Dominated by a long tradition of disciplining, they are equally the scenes of action for resistance and the liberation of desire. Starting from modernity, they and their representations in art have resisted, with various manifestations, the seizures and definitions of what has been established in regard to physiognomy, gender, and health. In the history of the body, the question arises who its opponents are – political institutions, cultural history, religion, the principle of rationality – or the subject itself, which has internalized external logics, carrying them as part of its identity and its own desires? For every image of human physique and its expressed resistance, we must therefore ask ourselves from which particular context is being spoken from.
Erratic Resistance concentrates on images of contemporary corporealities that turn against the conditioning of their respective surroundings with unpredictable strategies. The body appears as an entity that changes by leaps and bounds and withdraws from a classifying visibility through both erratic concealment and disclosure. In the search for protection, well-being and comfort, the appearing figurations concurrently demand emancipation and self-determination. Clearly aware of the advantages and disadvantages of technical acceleration and its claim to optimization, they oppose economic objectification, statistical norms, and gender classifications.
In subversive battles, placeholders and substitutes of the body are used to gain direct power to act upon presupposed inscriptions. Fetishized coverings, sports devices and anthropomorphic transformations become autonomous codes that make a self-empowering politic of corporeality readable in volatile figures and materials. Solidified identifications of how bodies are expected to act and to desire are eroded by means of affective, unruly and irrational gestures.
In Erratic Resistance, the works employ asymmetrical movements to constantly resist hierarchical verifications of human corporealities and the web of dependencies in which they are entangled to date.