Window Commission 2010. A photographic composition in four panels entitled Beekeeper
Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) is pleased to announce a new commission by artist Nilbar Gures, for Rivington Place's front window. This is the first solo presentation of the artist's work in the UK following her recent inclusion in the 6th Berlin Biennial and Istanbul Biennial. Gures, who lives and works between Vienna and Istanbul, produces theatrical tableaux of women, moving between performance and the everyday. Using a range of media including photography and film, she subverts representations of femininity and cultural identity in a way that is innovative and contemporary. For her new commission the artist shows a photographic composition in four panels entitled Beekeeper. The central panel features a woman standing in an idyllic orchard setting, her face and body concealed by layers of clothing including a beekeeper's suit and head scarf. In the surrounding panels, these items of clothing have been cast off and hang from the trees nearby. In a playful and suggestive way, this work explores the complex relationship between female identity and social norms, and how this is expressed through clothing and unclothing. Opening night Thursday 9 December: curator's talk and screening of Uberkannte Sportaten (Unknown Sports), at 7pm.