Index 19: Bernadette Wolbring
7 February 2018, 19:00–22:00
In our ongoing series Index 19, Bernadette Wolbring launches her new publication Square Pegs in Round Holes. Wolbring will introduce the publication, together with a poster that is produced for the event.
Square Pegs in Round Holes deals with the the way in which knowledge is organized in relation to gender classification in the medical field. More, specifically, the publication deals with the use of testosterone and body modification, and the impact of such body politics on social structures. The publication consists of a series of posters that mimic methodologies used in the medical field: from simulating objectivity through the use of abstraction to the invention of tools constituting standards and measuring deviation from the norm.
Bernadette Wolbring (b.1975) is an artist living in Stockholm and Stuttgart. She graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art, London and from the State Academy of Art and Design, Stuttgart. Her practice derives from an interest in the political potential of abstraction and in alternative notions of time. Research for Square Pegs in Round Holes brought her to Museumsquartier Vienna (2017), Art Lab Gnesta (2017) and the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm (2016/2017). In collaborative contexts, at Corner College, Zurich (2017) and Saunabaari, Helsinki (M-cult / CAPP, 2017), she developed REFORM, a feminist take on data visualisation techniques, a manifestation of resistance to power in design principles and an exploration of dance as an emancipatory practice. As part of peekaboo! (in collaboration with Lisa Biedlingmaier) she extends her artistic practice with curatorial formats. peekaboo! accompanied the major urban planning project Stuttgart 21 with a set of four exhibitions (2014–2017), together with artists from Stockholm (Johanna Gustafsson Fürst, Lisa Trogen Devgun, Joanna Nordin, Carl Palm) and Zurich (Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Stefan Burger, Linda Semadeni a.o.).
Index 19 is a series in Index’ front space. Presenting single works, films, readings and discursive events, Index 19 is a space for dialogue with surrounding communities and visitors.
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