The Valeska Gert Museum
Saturday 22 April 2017, at 3 pm (performance of 2 hours)
Artistic direction Eszter Salamon
Collaboration Boglàrka Börcsök
with Boglàrka Börcsök and Eszter Salamon
Eszter Salamon offers to the avant-garde artist Valeska Gert an imaginary museum at the Villa Empain. She inhabits it with Boglàrka Börcsök to propose an experience oscillating between memory, reconstruction and fiction.
The Valeska Gert Museum is an imaginary museum that operates through a collection of performative acts related to the life and work of the German artist Valeska Gert. This embodied museum is an empirical- archival venture that oscillates between re-enactment, commentary and fiction. Powered by the desire to intensify relations between the past and our current times, it invites us to encounter a historicity different from canonical art history.
Valeska Gert has been an avant-garde figure turning her back to modern dance already at the beginning of its rising. At the early 1920’ies, she has developed a performance practice by combining theater, dance, cinema, poetry and singing, a mixture of expression familiar to Berlin’s cabaret scene of that time. She has created a radical performing art by experimenting with gender, race, national identity and aesthetics, instead of lurking for artistic hegemony in complacence with Nazi Germany unlike other famous artistic figures of her time.
Despite her artistic fearlessness, provocative and anarchic performing intensity the importance of Valeska Gert’s role in art, dance and performance history has been for long time disregarded. Her love for the burlesque and the grotesque, her preference for the marginal and for creating new representations of the body against the bourgeois aesthetics made her one of the greatest artists of her time. Without her radical experimental endeavor a whole range of artistic production of the 20th century would have not existed.
About Eszter Salamon
Eszter Salamon is an artist and performer who lives and works between Paris, Berlin and Brussels.
Since 2001, she has been creating solo and group works that have been presented in performing arts venues and festivals throughout the world including Centre Pompidou, Centre Pompidou Metz, Festival dʼAutomne, Avignon Festival, Ruhrtriennale, Holland Festival, The Kitchen New York, HAU Berlin, Berlin Documentary Forum, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kaaitheater Brussels, Tanzquartier Wien, Kampnagel Hamburg, steirischer herbst graz, Dance Triennale Tokyo, Manchester International Festival, PACT Zollverein, Nanterre-Amendiers, FTA Montreal. She is frequently invited to present her work in museums, including MoMa, Witte de With, Fondation Cartier. Her exhibition Eszter Salamon 1949 was presented in 2015 at Jeu de Paume as part of ›Satellite‹ curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez.
Eszter Salamonʼs work revolves around choreography employed as a means of navigating between different media such as sound, text, voice, image, bodily movements and actions. In 2014, she started a series of works exploring both the notion of monument and the practice of speculating on history making.
Eszter Salamon is artist-in-residence between 2015 and 2017 at C ND, Pantin.
About Boglarka Börcsök
Boglarka Börcsök is a dancer and performer. She lives and works in Brussels and Budapest. Since 2011, she has been working as a performer with artists such as Eszter Salamon, Ligia Lewis, Kate McIntosh, Joachim Koester and Tino Seghal among others, shifting between performance, choreography, voice and video.
She participated in Tino Sehgal’s work at documenta (13), Manchester International Festival, Stedelijk Museum, KIASMA – Contemporary Art Museum. She is one of the protagonists of Joachim Koester’s video work The Place of Dead Roads and Maybe This act, This work, This thing presented at the Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève and the Camden Art Centre.
For the last three years, she has been performing and collaborating in Eszter Salamon’s Monument series: MONUMENT 0: Haunted by Wars (1913-2013) presented at the RuhrTriennale, Centre Pompidou and Festival d’Avignon as well as MONUMENT 0.3: Love Letters to Valeska Gert, presented at the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg and the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.
Currently, Boglárka Börcsök is creating Persisting Stages a video film featuring elderly female dancers, who are now between 90 and 101 years old, living in Budapest. The work is made in collaboration with filmmakers Lisa Rave and Andreas Bolm.
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