Artist Talk with Ana Hoffner in Estonia
Artist talk with Ana Hoffner on May 21, 2010 is part of the queer exhibition “Untold Stories”
The artist talk takes place at
Tallinna Kunstihoone, Vabaduse väljak 6, Tallinn, Estonia.
Ana Hoffner is a writer and performer working in the fields of queer and migratory/ (post)colonial politics. In order to challenge the politics of marginalization in contemporary Europe, Ana Hoffner creates a performative practice that consists of re-enactments, interventions, lectures and workshops. In hir talk s_he will show two works, I’m too Sad to Tell You, Bosnian Girl! and Movement, privatized. I’m Too Sad to Tell You, Bosnian Girl is a re-enactment that re-contextualizes two artworks, a video performance from Bas Jan Ader and a photograph from Sejla Kameric. The lecture performance investigates the practice of self-reflection and challenges the model of civilization and security. The precondition for successful self-reflection is considered as its failure at the point at which all human existence is defined: it is the nonhuman, which is blamed for transforming the civilizing model of space-time into a zone of barbarism, underdevelopment, and uncontrolled affect.
Through the re-enactment of Bruce Nauman’s Walking in an Exaggerated Manner in the Perimeters of a Square in the work Movement, privatized another attempt is undertaken to re-articulate the relationship of body and space for the present time.
Nauman’s movement takes place with direct involvement of the audience when it surprisingly turns to Oleg Kulik’s performing as a dog and approaches questions of migration and queer bodies in post-Fordist society.
Ana Hoffner is a writer and performer who lives and works in Vienna.
Read about the queer group exhibition Untold Stories