BURQ@

BURQ@

Burq@ is a  video installation, a performance and a show which aesthetics and  prosesses are more of the visual art’s than the theater’s. In this work, the burqa is used as a metaphore for the violence exercised spesifically on women and for the sensorship the body is subjected to. The violence and sensorship on the body in general is dictated by our own culture as much as by foreign cultures and can be perceived intrusive, manipulative, insidious as well as alarmingly brutal. Agnes Btffn has in her earlier performances used the burqa as a metaphore for how a culture of consumer shapes bodies and spirits in it’s extreme expression into some kind of straightjackets  . Whith “Burq@” she continues on exploring and actions and poems she has used in earlier works figures in the show. The poems: “I am blame, my name is woman” by a poet who remains anonymous for security reason and “Kubber Huggerter Daggerter Huggerter”(Clubs daggers broadswords)” from Paradiseffekten (Aschehoug 2004) by Torild Wardenær. The projections are of people reading the poem “I am blame, my name is woman” in different languages, as english (the original language), french, spanish, italian, arabic, chinese, german, norwegian and dari (the persian language spoken in Afganistan). The public who visits the installastion is urged to take pictures under the show, of oneself and friends in and around the installation. The project started as a common work by an invitation by the french multimedia artist Gérard ChauvinBoth artists explore the body’s physical and sosial visibility, questions about identity and identity related to gender. They then developed each their work. Both works are built around a common shape, with common elements. It is possible to recognise, in each work, the video recordings, the shape of the installation, the clothing metafores and a common concern to establish focus om sensorship set on the human body. “Burq@lerret by Agnes Btffn at Tou Scene, march 7 to 11, 2014. “SCREEN CLOTHES ou vêtements écran et préjugés” by  Gérard Chauvin at L’abbaye de la Courronne in the south west of France, mai 12 to june 12 2014.

 

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