Ellen de Bruijne Projects at ARCO Madrid 2013



Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz will show their latest project Toxic. The film shows two protagonists of unclear gender and origin in an undated time: a punk figure in glitter (Ginger Brooks Takahashi) and a drag queen (Werner Hirsch). They linger in an environment of glossy remains, of toxic plants and transformed ethnographic and police photography. While the punk gives a speech on toxicity and a performance referencing early feminist art works, the drag queen reenacts an interview of Jean Genet from the ‘80s and blames the filmmakers for exposing her to the police-like scenario of being filmed. The camera turns and depicts the space-off,the space outside the frame.
At Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, where Toxic was filmed, the work was also presented for the first time. The installation comprised not only the film but a series of 15 portraits of homosexuals and transvestites from the Paris police archive, so-called pédérastes, who were caught by the police in the 1870s and photographed. Those images were taken at a time when the state institutions had not yet developed their own visualizing methods and apparatus. They took the captured homosexuals to commercial photographic studios and had them photographed in a bourgeois setting.
Pauline Boudry (Switzerland, 1972) and Renate Lorenz (Germany, 1963) currently live and work in Berlin. Pauline Boudry studied at the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Geneva, and worked with Renate Lorenz at the Shedhalle/Rote Fabrik in Zurich. Renate Lorenz also works as a curator and academic author. Their work has been exhibited internationally. Over the last year, Boudry and Lorenz had solo shows in the South London Gallery, London, in Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam and in Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, as part of the Triennale Paris. In 2010 they exhibited in the solo Contagieux! Rapports contre la normalité in Centre d’art contemporain Genève. Their work also was exhibited extensively in group shows, for example in the exhibition Masquerade, Coreana museum of Art, Seoul, in Reality Manifestos, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Wien, in Intense Proximity, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and in Buy My Bananas, Kate Werble Gallery, New York. In 2011 they showed in the Swiss Pavillion, Teatro Fundamenta Nuova at the Venice Biennale, Italy. In 2013 they will exhibit in solo shows in CAPC in Bordeaux, France and Badische Kunstverein in Karlsruhe, Germany.


Falke Pisano will be exhibiting The Body in Crisis (Housing, Treating and Depicting). In this work, Pisano examines the history of modern medicine in relation to the history of Museo Reina Sofia. The Sabatini Building was a shelter for beggars in the 16th century, and after that functioned as a general hospital. Pisano links this history with certain crucial moments in 20th century Spain, which can be found represented in the Museum’s collection. The development of public healthcare in Spain is thus shown to be interwoven with works of the collection that depict bodies in situations of poverty, hunger and war. By doing so, Pisano looks at the ability of representation to pose questions of medicine in direct relation to social and political realities.

Following the idea of Walter Benjamin that “the state of emergency we live in is the rule”, Pisano centres her analysis on two things: first, the historical and continuous reiteration of the human body finding itself in moments of crisis, and thus exposing the changing political, social and economic structures that have an impact on the bare condition of human (self-) cognition. Secondly, Pisano’s propositions formulate an inquiry into the formal possibilities to represent the body in crisis, in the realm of art.

Falke Pisano originally made The Body in Crisis (Housing, Treating and Depicting) as a performative work, invited to do so by Museo Reina Sofia Madrid. Now, a reconstruction of the performance will be presented as a fixed installation. Pisano divided the narrative in three parts: two videos and three prints on paper. One of the videos will be projected on the wall and is an introduction that relates the installation to the whole project of The Body in Crisis. The other video connects the history of the museum building with the collection and will be projected on the curtain.

Falke Pisano was born in Amsterdam in 1978 and currently lives and works in Berlin. She attended the Art Academy Utrecht and the postgraduate program at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. In 2012 she won the Heineken-CA2M award with her work The Body in Crisis (Distance, Repetition, and Representation). Recent solo exhibitions include The Body in Crisis, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL (2012), A Sculpture Turning into a Conversation and other works. Picture This, Bristol, GB (2011), The body in crisis (Distance, Repetition, and Representation), Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, NL (2011). Among her group exhibitions are Abstract Possible: The Stockholm Synergies, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, SE (2012) Beyond Imagination, Stedelijk Museum. Amsterdam, NL (2012) For the Blind Man…, ICA London, UK / Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis, US/ De Appel, Amsterdam, NL (2010) Rehabilitation, WIELS, Brussels, BE (2010). Pisano produced the publication Figures of Speech (designed and co-edited by Will Holder, published by JRP-Ringier, Christoph Keller Editions, 2010). In 2013 Pisano will exhibit with a solo in the Kölnischer Kunstverein.


Evi Vingerling will exhibit her latest paintings. The paintings of Evi Vingerling might seem abstract, but they refer to the world around us. Vingerling contemplates the world in a rather unusual way. To her the world manifests itself continuously as a beautiful chaotic mix in motion. She is fascinated by the things she sees and attempts to make what she sees visible by pulling it from its original setting. In her own words, she rids the object of its symbolic and historical meaning.

A plant as a gesture or a floating mountain ridges, the phenomenon can be anything. She unravels what she sees and paints it as it is. So that there is only the presence left, relieved of its context. With her paintings she makes the beholder part of her wonder of the existence of the world. Vingerling is interested in the underlying structures and patterns of the things that meet the eye. Vingerling strips the context and reveals entities in their minimum state.

The perception of Evi Vingerling is assimilated to awareness and reflection, which shows in her paintings. In this aspect, the comparison of her work with the work of Daan van Golden is easily made. They both capture the world around them in a way that reveals hidden forms. They share with the beholder their ability to reveal the extraordinary underlying the ordinary.

Evi Vingerling was born in 1979 in Gouda and currently lives and works in Amsterdam. She attended the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague where she earned her BFA in 2002. Three years later she was a resident at the Rijksacademie Amsterdam. In 2006 she received the Buning Brongersprize for painting, she was nominated for the Wolvecampprize in 2008 and for the Thieme Award in 2010.In 2012 she received the Royal Prize for Painting. Her work has been exhibited in group shows as well as solo shows. In 2012, for example, she was part of the exhibition What’s Up! – De Jongste Schilderkunst in Nederland in the Dordrechts Museum. In 2011, her paintings were shown in I Promise to Love You in the Kunsthal Rotterdam as part of the Caldic collection. In April 2013 she will have a soloshow in the museum of Schiedam as well as at Ellen de Bruijne Projects.

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