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Onsdag-fredag 12-17, lørdag 12-15

Tales of Another Identity

Kirstine Roepstorff, Selma Alacam, Sara Rahbar, Tony Matelli, Christin Johansson, Mithu Sen

26.04.2013 - 18.05.2013


"One is not born a woman, but becomes one"
Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, 1949

The famous dictum by Simone de Beauvoir denotes a criticism of the political condition of the (female) gender. But it also emphasises a more general fact about identity and human relational being in the world: that we are shaped over time through interaction with our surroundings. A process where, in principle, even our fundamental features are "negotiable". Seen through this lens, identity is fluid, dynamic, and perhaps even fragile.

In Tales of Another Identity, the focus is on interfaces where human self awareness and -realisation are in contrast both to other individuals and to society's expectations, rules and socio-political reality. The aim is a critical examination of human frailty (mortality), self-image and awareness of own habitus, versus society's understanding and perception of gender, identity and morality.

A fundamental question is how identity and gender can be brought into play in relation to the conventions which decide, for example, social norms, standards and criteria. An issue which stimulates the complex ways of thinking and insights that arise when we are exposed to works that explore the conflict between society's agreed rules, our moral code and man's basically animal nature.

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