EXHIBITION CONCEPT NOTES
DECONSTRUCTION / DEFORMATION
Even deconstructing the human body is a permissible technique. While Berlinde De Bruyckere, Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon created new forms by distorting the human body and Hans Bellmer built disturbing dolls, Orlan actually deforms her own body through surgery. Antonin Artaud made a dance of death in his film and Kazuo Shiraga ‘dances’ in red paint, in memory of the blood of war victims. The absence of the body is primarily found in Yves Klein’s Anthropometries, in ritual objects from India and in the video showing Kimsooja standing silently on the bank of a river. Sexuality is also an important aspect of the topic of ‘time’: several ritual fertility objects are brought together with an ecstatic female face by Marlene Dumas and Louise Bourgeois’ double phalluses.