International Archives 1st half of 2014
The exhibition Transformations presents three women artists, who—even though they have been working in different countries and stem from different cultures—have been using the same subversive connotations of "elemental" materials and unrefined, natural imagery. The exhibition sheds light on their singular relationship with nature, focusing as much on their female perspective of the world as on their straight and concise use of contemporary art vocabulary of the 1970s and 1980s.
The exhibition elaborates on the artists' use of photography and film and features works by Cuban-
Exhibition 18 January -
Transformations: Ingeborg Lüscher, Ana Mendieta, Teresa Murak, 2014. Exhibition view, Campagne Première, 2014.
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Teresa Murak is considered one of the leading performance and body artists in Poland since the 1970s. At the beginning of the 1970s, she discovered the natural material that was to become central to her artistic work: plant seeds. After martial law was declared in Poland in the 1980s, she was forced to transfer her activities to the artistic underground. In 1975, Teresa Murak created the signature work of her artistic practice: Lady's Smock, a dress made out of fast-
Ana Mendieta is widely known for her works in nature, where she exposes her body in different landscapes. During her short career, she created a body of work that was radically inventive and influenced the next generation of artists. By using her own body and combining it with elemental materials—blood, fire, earth and water—she created ephemeral "Earth-
Three films by Ana Mendieta are shown in the exhibition. The two "firework-