Saturday, 19 April 2014

The She The Same by Dafna Maimon


Dafna Maimon
"The She The Same" [Nominated for the Berlin Art Prize 2014]

8th April, 2014 (Tuesday), 6 pm
Sala Widowiskowa, Laboratory CCA

Curator: Katia Krupennikova
Coordination: Paulina Kowalczyk

'The She The Same' is a part of a bigger homonymous project consisting of a short film, performance, and paintings in which the experience of our “true other” is set parallel to phantom limb pain. By looking back at mythologies in which each human was once separated from his or her “other half” in the beginning of times, this “lost other” could be considered to be a phantom limb or body. This research project, developed with the help of a neuro scientist, explores the way in which we construct our own bodies and those of our lovers. How does the perception of these constructed "bodies" manifest in reality and affect our psychology even after their disappearance? Simultaneously the idea of a double body or our true other half is a convenient tool for the production of expectation, desire and the romantic industries (i.e. the capitalist ventures that profit from societal construct of romance and love).

Finnish/Israeli Artist Dafna Maimon b.1982 works with video, performance and sculpture. Her work explores human dramas through constructed autobiographical characters that battle with the configuration of individuality, alienation and the perception of reality. Her projects showcase the economy of close personal ties as well as materialize through them, placing value on the idea of community on a grassroots level. Equally central within Maimon’s practice is the research and employment of the constructs of cultural artifacts such as cinema, theater and science.

Dafna Maimon holds a BA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, and an MFA from The Sandberg Institute. She has been a resident at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council New York, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Maine and is a future resident of IASPIS Stockholm 2014. Maimon has shown her work internationally in venues such as PS1 Moma New York, Kunst-Werke Berlin, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Based in Berlin, W139 Amsterdam, Annie Wharton Gallery Los Angeles and Project Native Informant London. Maimon currently lives and works in Berlin.

Lisa Marie Becker was was born in Siegen, Germany and studied acting at European Theaterinstitute Berlin. Since then she took part in several theater productions, such as Germania.Tod in Berlin which was directed by Patrick Schimanski at Concordia Theater Bremen and Christoph Schlingensief's Eine KIrche der Angst vor dem Fremden in mir at Haus der Berliner Festspiele as well as Keren Cytter‘s I Eat Pickles At Your Funeral which was shown at HAU Berlin and Images Festival Toronto.
She has had several appearances in independent flm productions, TV series and works as a voice actress. Lisa Marie Becker lives and works in Berlin.

John Holten's (b.1984, Dublin) novel The Readymades was published in 2011. He has performed or given talks in many venues including David Zwirner Gallery New York (with Aengus Woods), NGBK and Humboldt University Berlin. In 2011 he received a Literature Bursary from the Irish Arts Council. His video commercials for his forthcoming novel Oslo, Norway have been exhibited in Plan B Gallery, Team Titanic, Berlin and Extrapool, Nijmegen. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Broken Dimanche Press.

Jakub Falkowski graduated acting at Theater Acedemy in Krakow in 2007. He continued studies at the Academy of Fine Arts - Intermedia Dept. and and Stage Directing at Theater Academy, as well as Religion Studies at Jagiellonian University. Since then he works as an actor, video-projections maker, performer, stage designer, coach and group workshop leader. Recently working on bodymind issues, conscious movement and art of presence (Art of Presence Project). Influenced much by working with Robert Wilson. Art and peace lover.

The performance is made possible with kind support of 
the Arts Promotion Centre Finland / Finnish National Arts Council
and Anna Stelmaszczyk / Art Engineers

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