Performing Gender. Identities and Performativity in Contemporary Art
Project launch: Friday, April 26, at 7 pm.
Curated by Charlotte Bank and Salah Saouli
The project examines the increasing visibility of alternative gender identities, as they are articulated in works of artists outside the West. In 1991 the American philosopher and theorist Judith Butler published her book „Gender Trouble“, which became one of the most important bases of gender studies and queer theory. Her thesis that gender is performative rather than inherent became particularly influential for transgender activists and helped the movement to develop a discursive fundament to stress their demands for social inclusion. In the Middle East these notions are discussed in socially and culturally progressive segments of society and also negotiated in artistic production. The project will present works by artists from Europe and the Middle East who critically examine traditional gender roles and their societal significance as well as the performativity of identity and gender.
Dr. Charlotte Bank: Gender as Performance in Middle Eastern Contemporary Art
Adir Jan: Cosmopolitan Kurdesque
Adir Jan. Photo: ©Makis Asimakopoulos
Venue: Art-Lab Berlin at iPhonedoctor * Perleberger Straße 60 * 10559 Berlin