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WONDER WOMEN FROM THE EMST COLLECTION

25/02/2010 - 07/03/2010

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Wonder Women

From the EMST Collection

Project Room

25/02/2010 – 07/03/2010

Curated By: Stamatis Schizakis

In the framework of the International Women’s Day on March the 8th, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens presents the screening program Wonder Women with video works from its collection. The screenings, which are presented in the Project Room, comprise of ten single channel works by women that critically investigate aspects of womens’ identity.

In these works we can perceive several issues like the relation of gender with family and society, (Sadie Benning, Flat is Beautiful, 1998 and Mona Hatoum, Measures of Distance, 1988), the disarming and subversive boldness of the romantic pursuit in the works of Sophie Calle (DoubleBlind, 1992)  and Shelly Silver (What Im Looking for, 2004), the religious sexuality of the body in Carolee Schneemann’s Up To and Including her Limits, 1976, the fear of disability and disease and the reconnection of the weakened body with its surroundings (Rebecca Horn, Performances 1, Performances 2, 1970-1973) as well as the investigation, mockery and subversion of media stereotypes that we can see in the work of Dara Birnbaum (Technology / Transformation: Wonder Woman, 1978-1979), Pipilotti Rist (I am not the girl who misses much, 1986), Martha Rosler (Semiotics of the Kitchen, 1975), and Joan Jonas (Vertical Roll, 1972).

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Wonder Women From the EMST Collection

Sadie Benning
Flat is Beautiful, 1998
B&W videotape, with sound
Duration 50΄
Purchased in 2001 Inv. No. 110/01

Mona Hatoum
Measures of Distance, 1988
Colour videotape, with sound
Duration 15΄
Purchased in 2001 Inv. No 108/01

Sophie Calle
Double- blind, 1992
Colour videotape, with sound
Duration 75΄58΄΄
Purchased in 2001 Inv. No. 109/01

Shelly Silver
What I’m Looking for, 2004
Colour videotape, with sound
Duration 15΄
Purchased in 2008 Inv. No. 638/08

Tuesday 2 / 3 / 2010
Rebecca Horn, Performances 1, 1970-1972
16 mm film transcribed into DVD, duration 19΄, colour, with sound
Documentation of 6 performances: Body painting: Red Limbs, Blue-Blue-Blue, Red Breast, Black Expansion, Hair Growth: Bad Dream, Cockfeathers, Head Balance, Shoulder Extensions, Feather Instrument
Edition 3/300, EMST Inv. No. 488/03

Rebecca Horn, Performances 2, 1970-1973
16 mm film transcribed into DVD, duration 36΄, colour, with sound
Documentation of 9 performances: Unicorn, 1970 Head Extension, 1972 White Body Fan, 1972 Finger Gloves, 1972 Feather Fingers, 1972 Gavin, 1971 Cockfeather Mask, 1972 Pencil Mask, 1973 Cockatoo Mask, 1973
Edition 3/300 EMST Inv. No. 490 /03

Carolee Schneemann
Up To and Including her Limits, 1976
Colour videotape, with sound
Duration 25΄
Purchased in 2002 Inv. No. 218/02

Dara Birnbaum
Technology / Transformation: Wonder Woman, 1978-1979 Colour videotape, with sound Duration 5΄50΄΄
Purchased in 2002 Inv. No. 210/02

Pipilotti Rist
I am not the girl who misses much, 1986
Colour videotape, with sound
Duration 7΄46΄΄
Purchased in 2005 Inv. No. 564/05

Martha Rosler
Semiotics of the Kitchen, 1975
B & W videotape, with sound
Duration 6΄12ʼʼ
Purchased in 2002 Inv. No. 215/02

Joan Jonas
Vertical Roll, 1972
B&W videotape, with sound
Duration 19ʼ 38ʼʼ
Purchased in 2005 Inv. No. 565/05

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