D21 Ausstellung: A Fleshly School of Poetry
Eröffnung: 12.4.2018, 19 Uhr
Ausstellungsdauer: 12.4. - 21.5.2018
Performances von Mercedes Azpilicueta: Aula for reversing bodies, 12. April 2018, 17.30 Uhr (nur nach Anmeldung per Mail an: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Künstler_innen: Mercedes Azpilicueta, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Valentin Just, Anna KE & Florian Meisenberg, Jill Mulleady, Nazim Ünal Yilmaz
Kurator_innen: Daniela Brunand, Christian Falsnaes
(english version below)
Die Ausstellung A Fleshly School of Poetry vereint Arbeiten einer Gruppe von Künstler_innen, die sich mit dem Körper nicht nur als ein Objekt der Begierde auseinandersetzen. Als Alternative zur traditionellen Darstellung des Körpers wird der Begriff des Fleisches vorgestellt. Mittels Performance, Malerei, Zeichnung, Video und Ton nähern sich die Künstler_innen dem Körper als komplexes Gebilde an, das spürt und gespürt wird, sieht und gesehen wird. Er berührt und wird berührt, hört und wird gehört. Zudem ist er etwas, das denkt und über das nachgedacht wird.
In the works by Azpilicueta, Just, Ünal Yilmaz, Mulleady, Curnier Jardin and Anna KE & Florian Meisenberg the body is brought into question in its fleshly mode. This statement might sound redundant since the flesh is already often automatically related to the body. But we should point out that this body lies on the opposite shore of the body traditionally depicted throughout the history of art.
AFSOP brings together different approaches to the non-objective phenomena of the body, which is not conceived just as an object of desire neither is mean to be perceived as such. On the contrary, AFSOP focuses on the body as a complex reversible being that is able to sense and to be sensed, to see and to be seen, to touch and to be touched, to hear and to be listened to, to think and to be thought. (Merleau Ponty, 1964) This means a body with affects that expressively rejects any/all/every division between flesh and soul, body and spirit. Hence AFSOF stands against the conception of the body as a representation of canonical proportions, as just an image –a type of object– since it oversimplifies our richest mode of existence and it leads to obsessions such as the compulsive depiction of naked women, which has turned into a genre itself: female nude.
The title refers to a critique that was published by Robert Buchanan against a group of artists that were part of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The attack addressed the fleshliness, the excessive sensuality, corrupt morality and the dirty, morbid nature of their works as the cancer of all society that would shoot its ulcerous roots deeper and deeper. (Buchanan 1872)
The proposal for the exhibition, far from pretending a direct connection with the Pre-Raphaelites, seeks to shake and refresh the dispute contained in that critique and update it to a present in which the post-modern vindication of the body has turned it into a fetish deprived of affects. We take this old disparaging title as initial frame for a reflection about the concept of Flesh, as well as to give historical perspective to a topic that has been intensely discussed since the modern era.
Azpilicueta, Just, Ünal Yilmaz, Mulleady, Curnier Jardin and Anna KE & Florian Meisenberg formulate proposals for a non-fetishistic approach to the body and a non-idealistic conception of thinking, aiming for a Spinozian notion of both as part of a unity. AFSOP proposes the spectators the exercise of approaching the exhibition as sensible sentient bodies, as reversible beings aware of the fact that every vision takes place somewhere in the tactile space and that every movement of our eyes has its place in the same visible universe that we explore with them.