Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz

Glass is My Skin

7 October 2022 - 9 April 2023 /
Retiro Park, Palacio de Cristal

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Stage Piece (untimely collaboration), installation view, Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin, 2019
Stage Piece (untimely collaboration), installation view, Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin, 2019

Pauline Boudry (Switzerland, 1972) and Renate Lorenz (Germany, 1963) have worked together in Berlin since 2007, focusing their concerns on a revision of cultural inheritance, gender discourse and, above all, queer theory. Their artistic production questions the normativity of historical narratives, and the conventions associated with the spectator to generate new stages from which to reimagine them, their work often revisiting materials from a bygone era to recover marginalised or ignored readings.

By way of approaches that blur the limits between film, dance, installation, social sculpture and performances, and which flow between reality and fiction, Boudry and Lorenz create settings which invite a collective negotiation with notions such as identity, stereotypes and resistance. Inside this context, the body becomes an intersubjective instrument which contributes to the transgression of conventions associated with the figure of the spectator: artefact and gestures choreograph the tension between the visible and the invisible in agreed upon narratives.

Therefore, in this project the Palacio de Cristal becomes the perfect context to stress a past not always rigorously revised and, more importantly, to resolve the transparency inherent in the building, which gives the feeling of opaqueness, burdened by its own inheritance. The exploration of visuality also entails a reflection around the continuity of these footprints of violence in the contemporary world.

The work of Boudry and Lorenz has been displayed in prominent international art centres and museums, for instance the Kunsthalle in Zurich (2015), the Kunsthalle in Vienna (2015), the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (2016) and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston (2017). Moreover, they represented Switzerland in the 58th edition of La Biennale di Venezia (2019) with the installation Moving Backwards, where they used the tactic of Kurdish guerrillas who walked with their shoes pointing backwards, to mislead, as a metaphor from which to articulate an against-the-grain visual test on survival and subversion. This installation is currently on display at Museo Ca2M as part of the Portrait of a Movement exhibition centred on the artists.

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With the collaboration of: Comunidad de Madrid

Exhibition´s details

Organized by: 
Museo Reina Sofía

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