re.act.feminism – performance art of the 1960s and 70s today
exhibition, video archive, live performances and conference
13. Dezember 2008 – 8. Februar 2009
Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin
A project by cross links e.V., curated by Bettina Knaup and Beatrice E. Stammer, produced in partnership with Akademie der Künste, Berlin, supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Schering Stiftung and Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung.
firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: http://www.artberlin-online.de/
Kate Gilmore: Star Bright, Star Might, 2007, Video Still, Courtesy of the Artist and Smith-Stewart Gallery
Esther Ferrer: Intimo y Personal, 1998 © Esther Ferrer
Verena Kyselka: Nachrichtensprecherin, Performance Stadtraum Erfurt, 1990, Photo: Bernd Hiepe
Antonia Baehr: Lachen, 2008, Photo: Julie Pagnier © Antonia Baehr
Ewa Partum: Poem by Ewa, 1971 © Ewa Partum / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008
Performance art emerging in the 1960s and 70s was infused with ideas of social emancipation and fundamentally influenced by women artists interested in feminism. Performance art explored the intersection of art and life, of private and public. It offered an ideal medium for examining, deconstructing or reinventing (female) identity moving beyond attributions of femininity in mainstream culture. Moreover, as a new art form, occurring outside the confines of the traditional art space, performance was a medium for collective and social intervention in the public sphere.
re.act.feminism provides an exemplary overview of gender-critical performance art and investigates its resonances in current artistic productions in the form of re-enactments, re-appropriations, new formulations or documentary and archival projects.