In 1911, Franz Marc daringly asked: How does a horse see the world? More than a century later, his question resonates far beyond the records of modernism. Recent media and artistic depictions routinely represent horses, boars, foxes, and other critters as unwanted wanderers: peeping into trash bins, looting abandoned homes, roaming in exclusion zones. What are the limits of such inquiries? Where, if anywhere, is the animal’s gaze in these images? And is it even possible to apprehend them without objectifying or humanizing them?
Elsa Brès’ Sanglières provide ample space to chart these timely questions.
In this lecture, Kyveli Mavrokordopoulou builds on a forthcoming essay about Les Sanglières, toxic zones, illusions of purity and ways to disturb the human gaze.
Kyveli Mavrokordopoulou is a historian of modern and contemporary art, specializing in the relationship between art and science with an emphasis on nuclear technologies. She was awarded her PhD from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, in 2021, supported by an Onassis Foundation scholarship. Her current research centers on the visual culture of resource extraction with a focus on uranium mining. In 2022, she curated Elsa Brès’ Notes for Les Sanglières at State of Concept, Athens and is currently at work on …that creeps from the earth a group exhibition at TAVROS, Athens (January 2024) and a survey exhibition on the atomic age at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, as scientific advisor (fall 2024). She is a postdoctoral researcher, funded by the Dutch research council, at the VU University Amsterdam, where she also lectures.
Date & time : 25.10.23, 18:30
Doors open at 18:00
Language : English
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