Pilar Albarracín, Coreografías para la salvación I and II, 2011, Color video with sound, Duration: 2'23"
 

Rosana Antolí, Walkative: From Mile End to the City. Graham, 2015, Color video with sound, Duration: 6'38"
 

Irina Botea, Auditions for a Revolution, 2006, Color video with sound, Duration: 24'
 

Sofia Goscinski, Without Head, 2013, Color video with sound, Duration: 8'01"
 

María José Arjona, Playing with the Spirit, 2015, Color video with sound, Duration: 5'21"
 

Kirsten Heshusius, Bij Har [Together] A memorial for my grandmother, 2013, Performance during Twente Biennale Enschede NL. Color video with sound, Duration: 10'
 

Narcisa Hirsch, Retrato de una artista como ser humano, 1969, With M.L. Alemann and Walther Mejía, color video with magnetic sound, Duration: 15'51"

Beth Moysés, Desatar tiempos, 2014, Performance during #1 Cartagena, Colombia. First International Biennial. Color video with sound
 

Elena del Rivero, Nu Descendant un escalier, 2002-2013, Color video with sound, Duration: 20'20"
 

Teresa Serrano Leonora de Barros, E voz tem sombra?, 2011, Color video with sound, Duration: 5'21"
 

Mariana Vassileva, Pedrito, 2010, Color video with sound, Duration: 3'
 

PRESENT 7: Berta Sichel presents “My Father Avoids the Sirens’ Song”

March 3 – April 28, 2016

 

Brunch Reception: Saturday March 5, 10am-2pm

 

 

Josée Bienvenu is pleased to present the seventh installment of “Present” a series of guest curated exhibitions in the Project Space.­

 

The early mythological Sirens, those hybrid creatures that perched on rocky islands to seduce sailors with their honey-sweet songs, were the seed of the idea for this video program. Later, there were deformed and mumbling Sirens who “were neither dead nor alive”,_ living-dead creatures symbolizing the morbid embodiment of the end and inhabiting the level of purgatory – the location where Dante dreamed of Sirens. For Homer, too, Sirens and their song represent doom. Whoever listens to their voices must die. In Dante (19.58-60), the Sirens’ plight was purged “at the final three terraces.” It was Dante’s gaze that transformed this woman with her deformed body into an image of beauty with a harmonious voice.

 

The contemporary narrative and reinterpretations of these figures composes a very different melody – one that empowers, and that cannot be interrupted. Sirens today chant songs of survival and emancipation. In 1974, before postmodernism turned out to be the agent provocateur refuting long-established theoretical frameworks of philosophy and cultural analysis, Margaret Atwood wrote a free-verse poem called Siren Song. Not much noticed at the time, Siren Song is now reevaluated, a cherished mainstay of poetry club websites, literary associations, feminist writings, and educational institutions. The ongoing revisions of women’s subjectivity and their place and presence in society gave a shine to Atwood’s little-known poem. Today, Siren Song is an ode to female energy and determination. After all, they left the island challenging the male desire to control every situation.

 

My Father Avoids the Sirens’ Song includes 21 works by 12 artists from Europe and Latin America who are performing – though almost none of them see themselves as performance artists – the ballad of their laugh, the blues of their cry, the rhyme of their autonomy, the song of their jouissance. The performative acts by the artists selected for My Father Avoids the Sirens’ Song, whether inspired by established Body Art, by political and social activism, or conceived as delegate performance, manifest their artistic imagination, while the sound of their voices no longer destroys but calls for the transformation.

 

-Berta Sichel

 

Berta Sichel is an international art curator, writer and lecturer expert in contemporary art with a special focus on media-based art. Born in Brazil, she’s currently based in Madrid, Spain. Cofounder of Bureau Phi Art Projects, Berta Sichel was the Artistic Director of the first International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia (2013-2014); Director and Chief Curator of Audiovisuales at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, (2000-2011). She has organized exhibitions for the Sao Paulo International Biennial, Venice Biennial, Newark Museum, Artpace (San Antonio, TX), CIFO (Miami), among others. Currently, she is working on the first European exhibition of the American artist Lorraine O´Grady, for the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporánea, Seville, Spain.

 

 

 

 

Program 1 – March 3, 17, and 31.  April 14 and 28 (program cycle repeats)
Narcisa Hirsch (b. 1928, Germany.  Lives and works in Buenos Aires)
www.hugoares.com
Canciones Napolitanas, 1971
Colour, sound.  Duration: 10’21”
 
Program 2March 4 and 18.  April 1 and 15
Sofia Goscinski (b. 1979, Austria.  Lives and works in Vienna)

www.sofiagoscinski.org
Without Head, 2013
Colour, sound.  Duration: 8’01”
 
María José Arjona (b. 1973.  Lives and works in Bogota/New York)
www.prometeogallery.com
Playing with the Spirit, 2015
Colour, sound.  Duration: 5’21”
 
Program 3 – March 5 and 19.  April 2 and 16.
Leonora de Barros/ Teresa Serrano
www.teresaserrano.com
E a voz tem sombra?, 2011
Colour, sound.  Duration: 5’26”
 
Teresa Serrano (b. 1936, in Mexico.  Lives and works in Mexico D.F./New York)
www.teresaserrano.com
Restraint, 2006
Colour, sound.  Duration: 3’06”
 
María José Arjona (b. 1973.  Lives and works in Bogota/New York)
www.prometeogallery.com
SV MUTED, 2012
DURATION 2;03”
 
Program 4 – March 8 and 22.  April 5 and 19
Elena del Rivero (b. 1949, Spain.  Lives and works in New York)
www.the-paraclete.com
Nu descendant un escalier, 2002-2013
Colour, sound.  Duration: 20’20”
 
Program 5 – March 9 and 23.  April 6 and 20
Maria Vassileva (b. 1964, Bulgaria.  Lives and works in Berlin)
www.dna-galerie.de
Traffic Police, 2008
Colour, sound.  Duration: 1’47”
Pedrito, 2010
Colour, sound.  Duration: 3’

 

Pilar Albarracín (b. 1968, Spain.  Lives and works in Seville/Madrid)
www.pilaralbarracin.com
Coreografías para la salvación I and II, 2011
Colour, sound.  Duration: 2’23”


Rosana Antolí (b. 1981, Spain.  Lives and works in London)
www.rosanaantoli.com
Walkative: From Mile End to the City.  Graham, 2015
Colour, sound.  Duration: 6’38”
 
Program 6 – March 10 and 24.  April 7 and 21
Teresa Serrano (b. 1936, in Mexico.  Lives and works in Mexico D.F./New York)
www.teresaserrano.com
Glass Ceiling, 2008
Video black & white, sound, 2’17’’
 
 Beth Moysés (b. 1960, Brazil.  Lives and works in São Paulo)
www.bethmoyeses.com.br
Performance: Despontando –Nós, 2003
Colour, sound.  Duration: 8’50”
 
Pilar Albarracín (b. 1968, Spain.  Lives and works in Seville/Madrid)
www.pilaralbarracin.com
Lunares, 2004
Colour, sound.  Duration: 1’26”
 
Program 7 – March 11 and 25.  April 8 and 22
Irina Botea (b. 1970, Romania.  Lives and works in Chicago/Bucharest)
www.irinabotea.com
Auditions for a Revolution, 2006
Colour, sound.  Duration: 24’
 
Program 8 – March 12 and 26.  April 9 and 23
Narcisa Hirsch (b. 1928, Germany.  Lives and works in Buenos Aires)
www.hugoares.com
Retrato de una artista como ser humano, 1969
With M.L. Alemann and Walther Mejía, Colour, magnetic sound.  Duration: 15’51”
 
Program 9 – March 15 and 29.  April 12 and 26
Kirsten Heshusius (b. 1979, Netherlands.  Lives and works in Amsterdam)
http://kirstenheshusius.nl/
Bij Haar [Together]
A memorial for my grandmother, 2013
Performance during Twente Biennale Enschede NL.  Colour, sound. Duration: 10’
 
Beth Moysés (b. 1960, Brazil.  Lives and works in São Paulo)
www.bethmoyeses.com.br
Performance: Desatar tiempos, 2014
Performance during #1 Cartagena, Colombia.  First International Biennial.  Colour, sound. 
Duration: 5’15”
 
Rosana Antolí (b. 1981, Spain.  Lives and works in London)
www.rosanaantoli.com

Disobedient silence, 2015
Herbert Read Gallery –UCA, Canterbury, UK.  Video black & white, sound.  Duration: 4’18”
 
Program 10 – March 16 and 30.  April 13 and 27
Beth Moysés (b. 1960, Brazil.  Lives and works in São Paulo)
www.bethmoyeses.com.br
Diluidas en agua, 2008
Zaragoza, Spain.  Color, sound. Duration: 5´36”
 
Narcisa Hirsch (b. 1928, Germany.  Lives and works in Buenos Aires)
www.hugoares.com
La Marabunta, 1967
Happening at the Teatro Coliseo, Buenos Aires, 1967.  Video black & white.  Duration: 12’40”

 

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