THE LIMA COLLECTION: Gender & Performativity

Sanneke Huisman
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On Tuesday 4 April LIMA will present a selection of video and media artworks from its collection inspired by the work of philosopher and critical theorist Judith Butler. This screening will take place in collaboration with the "Critical Theory in the Humanities: Resonances of the Work of Judith Butler" conference, hosted by the CLUE+ research institute at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on 5-7 April 2017. Convening around the themes of gender and bodily performativity in public space, the works that will be screened, by artists Esther Polak, belit sag, and Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, present an opportunity to see how some of Butler's principal theoretical tropes can animate strategies for contemporary artistic interventions into everyday life.

Esther Polak uses Judith Butler's ideas on the performativity of gender and applies them to the infrastructures of public space in order to explore different possibilities of what she calls 'move-categories'. belit sag's documentary film Sept.Oct. 2015, Cizre gives women and children living in Cizre (a town on the Turkey-Syria border) a platform for recounting their experiences of living in a war zone. The film opens a space for articulations of precarity and vulnerability that traverse the borders separating the differentially gendered domains of the public and the domestic. Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen explore the performative capacities of quotidian gestures in their work How can you know the dancer from the dance? (2016), a performance that took place in Utrecht Central Station.

Esther Polak and belit sag will present their respective works. The screening will be introduced by co-curators Sanneke Huisman and Christian Sancto. 

Entrance: € 7,50 / 5,-
Free entrance with: Cineville
Language: English


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