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Monday, 25 May 2009

Tracey Emin's erotic/non erotic drawings

Tracy Emin talking about a series of drawings she made:
"I enjoyed making this series because I somehow felt removed from it. And even though it is an erotic subject, I even felt distant from the sexuality of the pictures. It was almost like I was trying to get to the bottom of something, understand something - what it means to be a woman, a single entity and feminine. There is no shock or offence intended. They were made for me, trying to deal with something that is going on in my mind. And that's the beautiful thing about drawing: it's intimate, like handwriting, and the dialogue is between the paper and me."

The ambiguity here is all in the fact that she actually "exhibits" those drawings. The subject being erotic, even though her intentions were not, by being seen by others, they become "officially" erotic.
I am very much interested in this moment when the author/artist still has the control over showing or not showing, letting the work be seen or not and in that way offering something erotic or not.
Whatever TE says her intentions were, she is showing her drawings.
Drawings :

Monday, 4 May 2009

Video piece for "Rebirth", North Staffordshire maternity hospital - video projection

For Rebirth Project NHS 2009 from Celine Siani Djiakoua on Vimeo.

DOCUMENTARY about the projection
Poetry and another piece of work were also shown that evening.

Rebirth NHS Stoke-on-Trent from Behjat Omer ABDULLA on Vimeo.

"The old Maternity Block at the City General Hospital is where a quarter of a million people first saw the light of day. Soon, it will become a part of North Staffordshire’s history as it is demolished to make way for a new complex as part of the transformation of the hospital site.Rebirth will bring together performing artists, creative writers, photographers, visual artists, hospital staff, students, and the wider community to celebrate, document and explore this transformational moment in the regeneration of North Staffordshire." Rosemray Strang

"06.05.09 Rebirth is a series of multi-artform events created to celebrate the transformation of the City General's Maternity Hospital. A series of light-projection displays will lead up to the July launch at new Maternity Centre — a launch event that sounds like a good networking opportunity, especially for artists interested in health issues. Rebirth launch will also see launch of the documentary film and book, and will showcase artworks by local art students — sculpture, light-projections, paintings and installations for the new maternity centre. Both the book and DVD will be available for sale (any proceeds will go towards new art projects for the maternity centre). Watch for more details on Creative Stoke, nearer to July."