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The shows demonstrate the power of performing bodies, in both physical and digital forms, to explore temporality and the role of gender in contemporary art and performance. "Auto Body" with more than 40 women artists from around the world. Ragnar Kjartansson presents a 9 channel video installation.
May 31–June 8, 2015
“Auto Body” is a performance and video art platform for the elevation of women’s bodies in which the artists perform, stage and digitally manipulate themselves. More than 40 women artists from around the world occupy both conceptual and physical space with their bodies, which are all too often glaringly absent from the broader art world. “Auto Body” fills the Sala Molinos space, creating a new polyphonic record of diverse actions and voices.
“Auto Body” makes clear that as strict divisions between artistic disciplines continue to crumble, contemporary forms of cultural production utilize performativity and temporality to excavate the enduring and often haunting marks left on our bodies.
The exhibition made its debut in December 2014 during Miami Art Week, with 35 international women performance and video artists. Following the submission of hundreds of nominations from 26 women curators from around the world, a local curatorial committee comprised of Chana Budgazad Sheldon, Ximena Caminos, Tami Katz-Freiman and Brandi Reddick selected the final 35 artists for the exhibition. With each new city to which “Auto Body” travels, a local curatorial committee selects works by local artists to be added to the show—continually fostering a new exchange of ideas and an international conversation on the political and economic inequalities of the art world and beyond.
The Argentine curatorial committee — Ximena Caminos, Larisa Zmud, curator and co-founder of Slyzmud Gallery and Vivi Tellas, independent curator and theater director — selected an additional nine local artists. The upcoming presentation, which marks the project’s first international stop, will occupy the entirety of Sala Molinos in addition to public spaces around the Faena Art Center.
CURATORIAL COMMITTEE BUENOS AIRES
Ximena Caminos, Vivi Tellas, Larisa Zmud
María José Arjona (Colombia)
Cecilia Bengolea (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Rosario Bléfari (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Adriana Bustos (Bahía Blanca, Argentina)
Jimena Croceri (Cutral Có, Argentina)
Jen DeNike (USA)
Cara Despain (USA)
Zackary Drucker (USA)
Naomi Fisher (USA)
Eloise Fornieles (UK)
Regina José Galindo (Guatemala)
Ana Gallardo (Rosario, Argentina)
Silvia Gurfein (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Micol Hebron (USA)
Angie Jennings (USA)
Marie Karlberg (Sweden)
Sigalit Landau (Israel)
Dana Levy (Israel)
Molly Lowe (USA)
Cristina Lucas (España / Spain)
Marina Mariasch / Máquina de Lavar (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Lee Materazzi (USA)
Alex McQuilkin (USA)
Ana Mendez (USA)
Nontsikelelo Mutiti (Zimbabwe)
Tameka Norris (Guam)
Daniela Ortiz (Perú)
Karina Peisajovich (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Christina Pettersson (Suecia/Sweden)
Kembra Pfahler (USA)
Cheryl Pope (USA)
Tanja Schlander (Denmark/ Dinamarca)
A.L. Steiner (USA)
Diana Szeinblum (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Sharita Towne (USA)
Tiffany Trenda (USA)
Naama Tsabar (Israel)
Georgia Wall (USA)
Agustina Woodgate (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Antonia Wright (USA)
Rona Yefman (Israel)
Maya Zack (Israel)
Ombretta Agró Andruff
Chana Budgazad Sheldon
Performances Saturdays and Sundays throughout the run of the exhibition
For more information on “Auto Body” please visit www.autobody-movement.com
Co-presented with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) led by Founder and Chairwoman Francesca von Habsburg, renowned Icelandic performance artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s 2012 work The Visitors is a nine-channel video installation occupying the entire Sala Catedral of the Faena Art Center.
Ragnar Kjartansson (b. 1976) is an Icelandic artist whose video and performance work The Visitors, called a “hymn to the feminine” by TBA21 curator Daniela Zyman, entrances and envelopes the audience within cyclical manifestations of song and action. The “visitors” in this case are foreigners in a strange space— eight performers (including the artist), and one choir, who occupy nine different locations at Rokeby Farm in upstate New York to perform one song simultaneously. The eerie incantations of their “feminine ways” (taken from the lyrics of a song written by Kjartansson’s ex-partner Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir) echo through the crumbling mansion, the weight of these appropriated words highlighting the indelible presence of the past. The Visitors is a feminist proposition in nine parts that engulfs the public in the song.
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May 31st open to the public 2-9 p.m
Faena Art Center
Aimé Paine 1169 Buenos Aires
Open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays, 1-8 p.m.
General admission: $50 pesos argentinos. Free on Mondays.
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