Show / Concert
Dorota Gawęda & Eglė Kulbokaitė, "Sulk"
Installation, various materials, 202315 Jun - 2 Jul 2023
The event is over
The work of Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė is influenced by feminist theory and fiction, horror films, Eastern European folklore, Baltic and Slav oral traditions of rituals and incantations in a world in which there is no division between time and species, humans and non-humans, living and dead beings.
For Move, the duo of artists presents an installation evoking the deconstructed space of a boudoir. The works evoke this space that confined bodies historically, the space of the boudoir restraining forbidden and repressed sexuality, but was also a place of intimate expression and solitary reflection. The installation proposes to engage with the idea of a double corporality – that of the physical body, and another more diffuse and spatially and temporally fragmented corporality.
The folding screens retain the memory of a past performance presented in Athens, which preserves a fleeting and ghostlike memory of the bodies presented.
Traces of this performance are also found in the scent diffused in the space by the mysterious and austere metal diffuser, Censer I. RYXPER1126AE is a synthetic recreation using a technology that captures the molecules (headspace) of the scent of the bodies and of the performance by attempting to transmit its sensual experience. It contains various ingredients, including medicinal plants used by women for their curative virtues and as natural contraceptives, reminding us of the importance of women's ancestral knowledge of plants and care spaces.
The production of RYXPER1126AE scent was made possible thanks to the support of IFF, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
Dorota Gawęda (1986, Lublin, Poland) and Eglė Kulbokaitė (1987, Kaunas, Lithuania) are a duo of artists based in Basel, Switzerland. They are both graduates of the London Royal College of Art (2012) and founders of the Young Girl Reading Group (2013-2021). Their work blends performance, painting, sculpture, fragrance and video installations and they maintain a practice based on research that combines domains as disparate as ecology and technology, science and magic, non-human intelligence and shared speculation. The duo has exhibited notably in Kunsthalle Mainz, (2023) (Germany); Ar/Ge Kunst, Bolzano (2022) (Italy); Shedhalle, Zurich (2022) (Switzerland); Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna (2022) (Austria); Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (2022); Kunstverein Hamburg (2021) (Germany); Istituto Svizzero, Palermo and Milan (2021) (Italy); Kunstverein Leipzig (2021) (Germany); Institut Suisse, New York (2020) (United States); Collection Julia Stoschek, Düsseldorf (2020) (Germany); Lafayette Anticipations, Paris (2019) and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018). They were awarded the Allegro Artist Prize 2022, the Arts at CERN Collide residency prize in 2022 and the Swiss Performance Art Award 2021.
11h - 21h, every days except tuesdays
Dorota Gawęda et Eglė Kulbokaitė, Leave No Trace (Athens) I-VIII, 2022, à Protozone 8 : Queer Trust, SHEDHALLE, Zurich.
Photo © courtesy SHEDHALLE et les artistes