The Right to Opacity
[Image: Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz "Opaque" (2014) video installation, Super 16 mm / HD, 10 mins. ]
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Working together since 2007, the artists produce film installations that step in and out of suppressed or illegible moments, staging the actions of individuals and groups living indeed thriving in defiance of normality, law, and economics. Sourced from materials such as archival photographs, texts, music scores, and film reels excavated from the past, their “queer archaeology” revisits critical moments and through their performances for the camera, Boudry / Lorenz seek to upset normative historical narratives as figures across time are staged, projected and layered.
The title of the exhibition “ TheRight to Opacity” also references the term developed by Martinique poet Édouard Glissant. According to Glissant, to produce clarity and transparency of thoughts, one has to reduce the texture of diverse realities to a scale of conceptual measurements. Glissant deemed it an aggression and claimed for a right not to be understood. “The Right to Opacity” therefore demands for hospitality of the Other, in opposition to the urge for transparency that is pervasive in global media and culture.
With the prevalent hostile practice of classifying differences today, the exhibition asks: Do the curtains and
fumes grant “The Right to Opacity” to the bodies that they mask and disguise? Or do they blur the dividing
lines between same and other, between accomplices and enemies? How is it possible to accept the
unknowable Other or the declared enemy in its rawness?
Opening reception for the artists
Date: September 10th (Sat),18:00-20:00
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