Performing Gender, Performing Selves

In the ever-evolving landscape of human identity, few thinkers have left as indelible a mark as Judith Butler. Her groundbreaking work, mainly the seminal text “Gender Trouble,” has illuminated the complex interplay between societal norms, individual expressions, and the transformative power of performance in the construction of gender. It is within this rich intellectual terrain that “Performing Gender, Performing Selves” unfolds.

About the Exhibition:

Performing Gender, Performing Selves” is a tribute to the thought-provoking and transformative theories of Judith Butler. This art exhibition embarks on a creative journey that explores the multifaceted dimensions of gender, delving deep into Butler’s notion of gender as an ongoing performance.

Butler’s work challenges us to reconsider the traditionally rigid categories that society imposes upon us. It beckons us to question the binary constructs of male and female and the idea of a fixed and predetermined identity. Through the lens of art, this Exhibition invites us to participate in a vibrant dialogue about the fluid, nuanced, and ever-changing nature of gender.

Artists in this Exhibition offer diverse interpretations and perspectives, each a unique facet of the gender prism. From paintings that subvert stereotypes to sculptures that challenge preconceptions, from digital installations that invite self-reflection to performances that explore the limits of identity, these artists echo the essence of Butler’s theory: that gender is not something inherent but rather a continuous, performative act.

In “Performing Gender, Performing Selves” we encourage visitors to immerse themselves in a world where the lines between masculinity and femininity blur, the authenticity of one’s self is celebrated, and the performative aspects of our identities are questioned and embraced. Through art, we hope to dismantle the confines of conventional gender roles and inspire a deeper understanding of the diverse ways individuals express their true selves.

The very act of visiting this Exhibition becomes a performance in itself, an exploration of how we engage with and respond to the multifaceted expressions of gender. We invite you to engage with the artists, to reflect upon your own experiences, and to consider how gender, in all its performative glory, shapes our lives and the world around us.

Performing Gender, Performing Selves” is more than an exhibition; it is a celebration of diversity, an affirmation of authenticity, and an homage to the visionary ideas of Judith Butler. Together, let us break free from societal expectations and embark on a journey of self-discovery, empathy, and understanding.

Join us in this exploration of the performative nature of gender as we honour the legacy of Judith Butler and celebrate the infinite possibilities of the self.

Curator: Georgina Koutifari-Magklara
Location: Chromart Art Gallery
  Brüsselerstr. 37
  13353 Berlin
Opening: 13.09.2023, 7 pm-10 pm
Duration: 13.09.2023 – 27.09.2023
Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 5 pm – 8 pm
  Saturdays: 2 pm – 4 pm

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