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Flesh and Bone

Press release

Flesh and Bone 
(Die Party ist Over)
with works from Sammlung Haus N.

Cornel Brudascu, Miriam Cahn, Xinyi Cheng, Cecilia Granara, Guan Xiao, Yngve Holen, Marguerite Humeau, Anne Imhof, Agnieszka Polska, Laure Prouvost, Raphaela Vogel, Wu Tsang, Xie Lie  

The Body as Alien, The Body as Stranger, The Body as Weapon.

Flesh and Bone (is an exhibition that) requires full involvement. Anytime the contemporary body is invoked it is a loaded issue, both the viewer and that artist must dedicate a full engagement with the work for here in this show a kind of militancy is born. In our case, the body is a site for several levels of interpretation: the body as a weapon, the foreign body, the body as Alien, the literary body and the philosophical meanings of the word “the body”. 

"My body is a weapon" could sound like the title of a bad action flick from the 80s, but today we could attribute this sentence to Femens (feminists), the French Yellow Vests or activists of Black Lives Matter. Through these works of art the body struggles, evokes and denounces. 

Agnieszka Polska, through a game of collage, transforms scenes of repression into ballet. Cornel Brudascu has always used his palette as an object of resistance against political power or social conventions. 

The foreigner has become a subject of hatred for some, from the supporters of the German AfD to the members of the French RN. They forget the following truism: “we are all the stranger of someone else”, and humanity has always been built through exchanges. For Flesh and Bone, the foreign body is that of the "other", the one which bares a fascinated or intrigued gaze. Xinyi Cheng takes an orientalist look at the white man, taking a stance between desire and eroticism. Cecilia Granara, meanwhile, transposes anxieties and fantasies, reversing the sexes and protruding body parts from her post-gender figures. 

Finally, the body of the 21st century may become the hybridized body. Vision has become augmented. Through "prostheses" by Apple and Google our reactions, our physical state and consciousness are surveilled. While reality of the future on one hand can seem scary, literature and cinema have alternatively envisioned a dreamlike the human body; for art has also been long interested in the physical future of mankind. Flesh and Bones presents, with Marguerite Humeau's piece Taweret, a scientific world where the human body merges with engineering. Guan Xiao, on the other hand, creates bizarreness—forms where plastic becomes flesh. 

– Loïc Le Gall