Press Release for Exhibition at Bokboden, Marken 37, Bergen
Art  Gender  Art presents:
a performance by france rose and Helle Grøndahl
6 March, Friday: Vernissage @19:00, close by 22:00
7 March, Saturday: 13:00-15:00
8 March, Sunday: 13:00-15:00
In their performance done/undone, Helle and france will repeatedly present the act of gendering oneself, by showing the process of un/doing make-up, clothing and self-appraisal. What is often a private ritual, confined to the bedroom or bathroom, will be accessible to the public, separated by only the glass windows. As each artist transforms into the opposite gender from the other, over and over, the bodies remain the same. All that changes are the materials and learnt behaviors adopted alternatively by each. Consequently, one is drawn to question the legitimacy of gender as an impenetrably defining element, rather seeing it as a cloak we strategically wrap ourselves in before stepping out into the world.