July 8, 2016

Deborah De Robertis - Various performances

Another female performer in her thirties (born in 1984 in Luxembourg), using her body as a vehicle for an artistic message about the current state of normative representation of  feminity. Of course most of us (I include me in it too) can't see how we are formatted by our cultural conditioning to consider girls/women/females with special invisible brain glasses that lead us to imagine there are objective reasons for things to be the way they are. For exemple that it's normal that we admire female bodies in painting and rarely male ones. Or that admiring female bodies in painting is an objectization (a reification) of the human body and the mandatory determinant of what is beauty, what is ugly, and even that there is beauty and ugly in bodies (it could be only a "I like" or "I feel desire for" and not "it's" this or that). Moreover, she deconstructs the relation of what is viewed and who views. Here a selection of 4 performances she did in the late years based around 4 works: the Kupka's "Gallien girl" (some days ago) at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Courbet's "Origin of the world" (not sure the title was by Courbet but anyway let's call it that way) at the Louvre in Paris, the Manet's "Olympia" at the Orsay Museum in Paris, and the Bettina Rheims portrait of Monica Belluci with pasta and tomato sauce, at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.

Deborah-de-Robertis-extrait from Ontheart on Vimeo.

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