Eros/Archive: Women Artists in Conversation
7pm June 6th at Instar Lodge (Upstairs)
The evening will transform the historic Lodge into a space of multifaceted conversation across disciplines. Exploring themes of intimacy, archive, eros, and how memory lives in the body, "Eros/Archive" will feature a reading from Nina Boutsikaris’ new memoir, a new performance work by Rebecca Sylvia Posner, and a visual exhibition by Peggy Ahwesh.
On writing I'm Trying to Tell You I'm Sorry: An Intimacy Triptych, Nina Boutsikaris says: "I started writing this book in anger and sadness: what the hell happened to me? I was obsessed with the dilemma I’ve faced since my earliest memory, the simultaneous pull to both be looked at and to evade the merciless gaze. Is there a way out of the roles of objecthood and subjecthood? And is that even what I want? Aware of my complicit and instrumental part in a system that offers a narrow definition of power, inherently taking it away, I began to explore these complications more thoroughly, searching for language in philosophy, art, and literature, with which to name my discontent. As I hibernated inside dim libraries and coffeeshops through two sweltering Tucson summers, research dragged me further into the complexity of my own relationship to desire, sexuality and power, and soon my anger was replaced by something else. Something like curiosity, empowerment, and even amusement, or forgiveness, for myself and others." Essayist Chelsea Hodson has said of the book: " [Boutsikaris] looks at the world and people around her just as intensely as she turns her gaze inward, questioning her desires, her actions, and asking what it means to see something for what it truly is. I'm Trying to Tell You I'm Sorry pairs art with experience, youth with introspection, and gender with power—the dance between these topics makes for an utterly absorbing read." Writer Chloe Caldwell called it, "An intelligent and radical rumination on gender, sexuality, fear, and romance."
Rebecca Posner's multidisciplinary work blurs the line between object, rite, and performance, and has been seen and experienced at a range of venues including the Brooklyn Museum, Coney Island U.S.A., in a vintage diner, the New Mexico desert, corporate ATM vestibules, along with various galleries and performance venues. She holds an MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College and is ever deepening her studies through somatic research, writing, and collaboration. Her performances layer the languages of media, movement, and vocality in their exploration of personal and collective mythology. She is currently working on an evolution of "Eating Air," a Sylvia Plath inspired journey to the other side, in which one faces, embodies, disarms one's own demons.
Peggy Ahwesh came of age in the 1970’s with feminist politics and the experimental film underground. Her formative years were spent in Pittsburgh where she worked for horror director George Romero and as a film programmer at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Inc. Originally she worked in the Super 8mm film format and now works in film, video, and digital media. A mid-career retrospective of her work called Girls Beware! was presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1997. Her works The Deadman, Martina’s Playhouse and Nocturne are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Ahwesh’s She Puppet premiered at the New York Video Festival and has screened in Animations at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, the Rotterdam International Film Festival ,and the 2002 Whitney Biennial exhibition. Ahwesh is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts.
Join these three women for an evening of performance and multidisciplinary crosstalk with discussion to follow moderated by Rachel Ephraim.