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Attaque, 2010 - Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz

about this work

Attaque (2010) is a reproduction of one of the 11 photographs included in the installation Contagious! from 2010. Contagious! refers to a café-concert scene in Paris at the end of the 19th century. The 11 photographs display excerpts of the three volumes of the Iconographie de la Salpêtrière published by Charcot in 1878, juxtaposed with images of popular poses and gestures from the “epileptic dance” and “cakewalk”. In colonial Paris these dances embodied the idea of loss of control, irrationality and disorder and were often described as “displays of strangeness”.

The title of the installation Contagious! stems from a very popular idea at the end of the 19th century that one risked contamination through the sole imitation of movements. Attaque was published on the occasion of the solo exhibition Contagieux! Rapports contre la normalité of Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz at Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva in 2010.

about Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz

This artist duo based in Berlin have worked together since 2007. Their work often revisit materials from the past, such as a score, a piece of music, a film, a photograph or a performance, wondering about and excavating unrepresented or illegible moments of utopia in history. They work with performance to create embodiments, which are able to conflate different times, whilst drawing relations between these times. In this way Boudry/Lorenz often create illegitimate collaborations: partly fictitious, partly cross-temporal.

The performers in their films are choreographers, artists and musicians, with whom they are having a long-term conversation about performance, the meaning of visibility since early modernity, the pathologization of bodies, but also about glamour and resistance. They are interested in the question of how ‘normality’ can be reworked today, how difference can be lived without constant disempowerment, without being appropriated and without taking on the neo-liberal economy’s offers of integration.

Recent retrospectives and solo exhibitions have included in Kunsthalle, Zürich; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; CAPC, Bordeaux; South London Gallery, London; and Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva.
Boudry/Lorenz were also featured in several international group exhibitions such as La Triennale, Milan; Akademie der Künste, Berlin; the 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2015; and they represented the Swiss Pavillion at the Venice Biennale in 2011.

Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz are represented by the following galleries;
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Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam

Marcelle Alix, Paris

You can view more work on Boudry/Lorenz’ own website.

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