Photograph printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 g/m2
45 × 30 cm
Edition of 15 copies, signed and numbered by the artists
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”.
This artist duo based in Berlin has worked together since 2007. Their work often revisits 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 can 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 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 neoliberal economy’s offers of integration.