July 12 - September 15, 2019
Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe.
Grammar and Glamour, a solo exhibition by Mai-Thu Perret, opens at the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany on July 12 and will remain on view through September 15, 2019. The exhibition is curated by Anja Casser.
A Magnetizer II, 2019, glazed ceramic, 24 7/8 x 24 7/8 x 16 1/2 inches (63 x 63 x 42 cm)
"Based on Mai-Thu Perret’s large-scale project The Crystal Frontier (since 1999), about a fictive feminist commune in the New Mexico desert, the exhibition in the Kunstverein weaves together various narratives about strong, independent female figures – from the lesbian fighters in Les Guérillères (2018), based on a novel by the French avant-garde writer and feminist theoretician Monique Wittig, to the originary figure of the witch, as reflected in the most recent works in the exhibition. While Wittig’s disruptive language evokes/provokes a series of works that engage with strategies of interruption and repetition, and link these techniques with Dada, Perret’s investigations of witchcraft led to a group of sculptural works which have been restaged, reconstructed, and expanded especially for this exhibition. For the artist, witchcraft represents a fundamental power in relation to disciplinary strategies, capitalist systems, and forms of coerced conformity. The witch as archetype is transferred into the modern world, and becomes a symbol of liberation from restrictive gender politics." — Badischer Kunstverein