Ma Nana (encore), autres filles, et quelques petits explosions A solo exhibition at Galerie des Petits Carreaux 17 November 2012 to 5 Januray 2013

KIVLAND, Sharon (2012). Ma Nana (encore), autres filles, et quelques petits explosions A solo exhibition at Galerie des Petits Carreaux 17 November 2012 to 5 Januray 2013. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

In The Arcades Project, Walter Benjamin remarks that the journalist Toussenel (a fourieriste), the contributor of articles on the natural sciences to fashion journals, considered woman as the mediator between man and animals, a kind of decorator of the animal world, at whose feet in exchange animals left their fur and feathers. Some visitors to the exhibition may be rather surprised at the excessive display of femininity and its attributes, while others, of course, may be delighted (though perhaps this is a pleasure better concealed, for there is a soupçon of perversion about the whole enterprise). There are rewritings of descriptions of Zola’s Nana, new labels for collars and culottes, a lovely tournure and its pouf, paint applied as maquillage to photographs that are either slowly disappearing or become monstrous in the enthusiastic application of what both conceals and emphasises the image. The whole thing may end in explosions, figured in scented parodies of Molotov cocktails, but of course these may be no more than those little deaths, condemned, like history itself, to endless repetition.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
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Depositing User: Sharon Kivland
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2012 15:16
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2012 15:16
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6558

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