Waldburger Wouters is pleased to present its first cycle of a 4 weeks online film exhibition with Lin Yuqi, Elen Braga, Eli Cortiñas, and Lynn Hershman Leeson.
I Am Always the Weak in Front of You
5 minutes 15 seconds
Edition of 5 + 2AP
Lin Yuqi's video and installation works question the truth of the real world, including the truth about self and women’s identity in traditional social concepts. The artist uses images to write prose or poems, with symbolism techniques frequently used amongst. Her creative language is pure and powerful. The works boldly express the desire, restlessness, loneliness, and weakness in human nature, which makes Lin's work so very touching.
Lin Yuqi was born in Fuzhou, Fujian in 1994, graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2019 with a master's degree, and currently lives and works in Guangzhou. Main exhibitions include Lin Yuqi: Room Theatre, Boxes Art Space, Shenzhen (2021); Under the Sign of Saturn, ShanghART M50, Shanghai (2020); Aksuru doesn't know what to dream of today，Boxes Art Museum，Shunde (2018); Lin Yuqi: Death Drive, Sapaki Space, Guangzhou (2017); Lin Yuqi: qfwfq，Shangh ART M50, Shanghai (2017); Lin Yuqi: Superficial Opinion, The Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts E7 space, Guangzhou (2015).
11 minutes 45 seconds
“Platform” is a performance/competition in which 42 women try to stay as long as possible on tiptoes. Aiming at a theoretically “fair” competition of strength and resistance, the artist uses the visual pattern of her body as a template and criterion for selecting her own competitors. To strictly conform to these parameters, the artist selects the participants using catalogs from modeling agencies. During the action, all model/participants wear the same homogeneously white lycra overalls – as soon as one of them gives up, she goes directly to an on-site photography studio where she chooses from a menu of 8 available poses – the pose that best suits her. The overall winner receives a customized book with 10 poses. However, the performance has no judge, thereby questioning the legitimacy of the competition itself and the position of the public as an observer who can also judge.
In “Platform”, the repetition of the same gesture and appearance emphasizes the instrumentalized, synthetic and mechanized aspects of the body in an attempt to reach a perfection that is never attained. In parallel, these repetitions together with the spectacularization of the action problematize the art performance as a liturgical game of acting, patience, resignation, and exhaustion. The performance is then seen as a structure that arises among other existing social constructions leaning into the absurd.
The first version of Platforma was held at SESC Belezinho, in São Paulo, and lasted approximately 5 hours.
Elen Braga is a Brazilian artist living in Belgium. Her first visual artwork was a performance in which she painted her entire body pink. Since then she has come a long way as a multidisciplinary visual artist in the fields of installation, sculpture, and public space. Her large-scale installations often accompany a performative aspect connected to the use of her own image. She challenges herself to work with new materials and techniques; sewing, ceramics, metal. Most of the time, her work is strongly concerned with the contexts of the places in which it is presented - historically, politically, culturally, and socially. At the same time, she plays with the paradoxes of materiality, trying to use different materials than those used in everyday life. The traditional Belgian stitch as a metal crown or a carpet as a monumental vertical installation flag in a public space.
She uses performance as a medium to investigate issues related to the individual subject’s strength, ambition, and resilience. Conceived, performed, and recorded in video, photography, objects, and diagrams, the focus is on the useless, absurd nature of these endeavors: allegories of insistence against the odds, confrontations against failure.
Elen Braga, Hand-tufted textiles, Acrylic wool and jute, 2021, 100 x 100 cm (each)