Exhibition "lara schnitger / suffragette city"

Cultural ,  Exhibition at Reims

  • Lara Schnitger’s visual language consists of sculpture, clothing and performance in a hybrid space, with references to politics, womanhood, feminism, sexuality, but also street fashion or graffiti. Her work explores the intersections between academic arts and crafts traditions as well as urban practices that involve music, fashion, theater, performance.

    Curator: Florence Derieux

    Lara Schnitger’s visual language consists of sculpture, clothing and performance in a hybrid space, with references to politics, womanhood, feminism, sexuality, but also street fashion or graffiti. Her work explores the intersections between academic arts and crafts traditions as well as urban practices that involve music, fashion, theater, performance. Schnitger creates intense environments on the brink of collapse. In her free-standing volumetric forms, the artist applies a basic system of stretching an array of hosiery and fabrics over joined sticks of wood. The tensile force of the textile keeps the wooden framework firmly in place. A conversation between materials exists in the artist’s work, and it stimulates a relationship between membrane and structure, endowing the forms with human characteristics. It has been said that the instability of Schnitger's work comes from "its will to live, its wild over-extension and daring stance."

    For her first solo exhibition in France, Lara Schnitger presents a series of new works specifically created for the show as well as recent productions, which constitute Suffragette City (2015), a provocative installation consisting of brightly colored tapestries, floating banners and freestanding sculptures composed of fabric and wood. Both a celebration of feminity and a brash political statement, the work plays with the language of radical feminist movements to address issues of gender, identity and sexuality. The installation will come to life as a public demonstration in the streets around Reims’ Cathedral, where participants will carry the installation’s sculptures, banners and ‘Slut Sticks’ to form a procession of artworks. By taking her work off the gallery walls and putting it in the hands of the public, Lara Schnitger playfully explores the line between art and protest.
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