Eight photos from my HE/SHE Portfolio, representing an 18-year collaboration with performance artist Fred Koenig, have been invited to the
5th THESSALONIKI BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
“IDENT-ALTER-ITY — BUT STILL IN ONE PIECE”
June 17 – July 31 2015
Opening Wednesday June 17th at Thessaloniki City Hall, Thessaloniki Greece
Investigating gender, the right of gender self-determination, and other crucial identity-related issues as seen through the eyes of modern art practice, constitute the themes of the multifaceted action “Ident-alter-ity” that will take place within the framework of the main program of the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art.
My photographs in “BUT STILL IN ONE PIECE” embrace the fluidity of gender identity and explore the possibility that we each hold a myriad of alternative selves within us.
Among the artists included in “IDENTALTERITY”are David Hockney and Lynda Benglis. Hockney converses with the homo-erotic poetry of C.P. Cavafy through a series of engravings that illustrate a new, 1967 English translation of the Alexandrian Greek poet by Stephen Spender and Nikos Stangos. In “Female Sensibility,” (video 1972) Benglis presents two heavily made-up women kissing and caressing each other. The action is read against feminist film theory of the “male gaze.”
An exhibition, a symposium and a performance are at the core of the State Museum of Contemporary Art, Action Field Kodra, Thessaloniki Pride and the Municipality of Thessaloniki. The exhibition gives the opportunity to both established artists and emerging artists to engage an open dialogue through their work.