THE PERSISTENT GAZE, MARIE LOUISE ALEMANN’S EXHIBITION AT ROLF ART
Marie Louise Alemann: the persistent gaze presents an unprecedented anthology of the artist's early works in photography, experimental film, performance, and documents. Curated by Federico Windhausen.
Exhibited at Rol Art gallery, Marie Louise Alemann: the persistent gaze proposes to reclaim the work and the unpublished archive of Marie Louise Alemann, based on an unprecedented review of the first experimental film and performance works of the group formed by the artist, Narcisa Hirsch and Walther Mejía in the 1960s in Argentina.
Revisiting the group's first historical exhibition Concepción, Vida, Muerte y Transfiguración (1966), and the performances and films Yo veo conejos (1967) –the first experimental film by Marie Louise Alemann–, Marabunta (1967), Manzanas (1969) and Retrato de una artista como ser humano (ca. 1973) as the closing of the collective work. The proposal concludes with Legítima defensa (1980), a work that initiates a new vision, influenced by butoh dance.
"The persistent gaze refers to an idea and practice that was, for Alemann, fundamental to her work. According to the artist, in our everyday interactions the fuman reflex to look aways stems from our understanding of the power of looking and, maybe, as an act to protect ourselves to not been totally seen. But for Alemann a persistent gaze is possible, through film and photopgraphy, to remain on camera, exploiting the gaze of its mechanical eye, with the aim of revealing, transforming, and provoking”, explains Federico Windhausen, curator of the exhibition.
Marie Louise Alemann (Germany, 1927 – Argentina, 2015) was a filmmaker, artist and writer whose multi-media work seeks to explore her fascination with the visible body in its various meanings and effects, including personal, social, political and affective. She studied photography in New York where she experimented and developed her own techniques that led her to a growing interest in movement and time, and eventually to experimental film. She was part of a group with Narcisa Hirsch and Walther Mejía dedicated to the creation of avant-garde experimental film and performance works in the 1960s in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Marie Louise Alemann: the persistent gaze.
Until November 18th, 2022.
Curatorship by Federico Windhausen.
Rolf Art. Esmeralda 1353, Buenos Aires, Argentina.