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Stephanie Benzaquen

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is an independent curator and writer working internationally. She has particularly sensitive and very keen approach towards the mostly painful and historically ambivalent traditional regional problems and also on the issues of contemporary cultural colonialism in the territory of Eastern Europe. She works on documenting, visualizing and contextualizing mass murders by investigating its representations in culture, realms of memory, news media, academic essays and official actions. The phenomena of her particular interest and continuous research: Potemkin Village, Rashomon effect. Lives and works in Amsterdam.

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yra nepriklausome kuratorė ir rašytoja nuolat dirbanti tarptautiniame kontekste. Jos veikla pasižymi ypatingai jautriu ir tuo pat metu aštriu požiūriu į tradicines vietinių kontekstų problemas bei jas suponuoja su šiuolaikinio kultūrinio kolonializmo procesais šiandieninėje Rytų Europos teritorijoje. Ji domisi masinių žudynių dokumentavimo, vizualizavimo ir kontekstualizavimo problemomis bei jų apraiškomis kultūroje, atminties fiksavimo procesuose, akademiniuose veikaluose ir oficialiuose renginiuose. Jos nuolatinio tyrimo objektais galima būtų įvardinti Potiomkino kaimo ir Rašomono efekto fenomenus.

 

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PICKET LINE CLOTHING - PLC
Written by Stephanie Benzaquen   
Monday, 14 September 2009 22:30

Here you can dowload the PDF with original versions of PLC drafts

 
COMMENTS ON "SITUGRAPHIC..."
Written by Stephanie Benzaquen   
Tuesday, 24 March 2009 19:13

 

When you mention “Easterners becoming more westerner than Westerners themselves”, I am tempted to add (speaking from the West): “And what about Westerners who try to become more easterner than Easterners themselves?” Isn’t it some kind of Stockholm syndrome, whatever direction we take it (East-West, West-East)? Not that we are in so violent a context as in a kidnapper-and-hostage-in-a-Swedish-bank setting, of course. Let’s admit though that there is in this donning-masks-act something connected to power and obedience. Here is the situation. There was a time when eastern artists thought they needed to do like western artists (the cream of the avant-garde, as everybody knows...) if they wanted to succeed on the western (hence international, as everybody knows) art market. There is a time when western artists, pissed off by the success – institutional and commercial – of artists coming from post-conflict and transitional societies (which used to mean everywhere on this planet but in the West, though such statement demands drastic reassessment nowadays), would like to have too a bit more of dictatorship, war, and revolution in their recent history. Think for a while about the kind of atmosphere in which western artists grew up. Shame, guilt. “We” in the West have been the lucky ones, at the expense of others, so now it’s time to pay the bill. 

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PIKETININKŲ APRANGA
Written by Stephanie Benzaquen   
Monday, 02 February 2009 22:41

Tai jūsų reikalas

 

„Ne abitas daro vienuoliu“ (Faux Semblant’o žodžiai, ištarti 1237 ir 1280 metais parašytoje poemoje Roman de la Rose).

„Tik kvailys nesprendžia pagal išvaizdą“ (Oscar Wilde)

 

 suknelių fabriko streikininkės, 1909

Apie galimą Alytaus meno streiko aprangą 

 

Išeities tašku pasirinkau drabužių mados tyrinėtojos ir kuratorės Deirdrės Clementės straipsnį „Streiko apranga ir jo svarba piketuojant“ (“Striking Ensembles: The Importance of Clothing on the Picket Line” - Labor Studies Journal). Straipsnyje autorė lygina moterų aprėdus dviejų XX a. pradžios streikų metu: 1909 metų suknelių streiko Niujorke metu ir per 3-io dešimtmečio pabaigos – 4-o dešimtmečio pradžios streikų bangą pietinių valstijų tekstilės fabrikuose. Kaip pabrėžė Clemente – moterys streikininkės suknelių fabrike akivaizdžiai perlenkė lazdą išreikšdamos savo moteriškumą: jos pasipuošė skrybėlaitėmis su daugybe plunksnų, dirbtinėmis gėlėmis, nulėpusiais atvartais, papuošalais, nėriniuotomis palaidinukėmis, kailiais ir apsiavė aukštakulniais.

 

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THE PICKET LINE CLOTHING
Written by Stephanie Benzaquen   
Friday, 26 December 2008 22:41

(original text in .pdf available here)  

Up to you 

“The robe does not make the monk” (character Faux Semblant in theRoman de la Rose, written between 1237 and 1280)

“Only a fool does not judge by appearance” (Oscar Wilde)

 Shirtwaist strikers, 1909

Designing fashion for the Alytus Art Strike

The idea originates from a 2006 article by fashion researcher and curator Deirdre Clemente, “Striking Ensembles: The Importance ofClothing on the Picket Line” (Labor Studies Journal). In her article,Clemente compares the clothing worn by female workers during twostrike movements in the US, the 1909 shirtwaist strike in New YorkCity and the late 1920s-early 1930s wave of strikes in the Southerntextile mills.

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What about the preamble?
Written by Stephanie Benzaquen   
Sunday, 21 December 2008 16:15

Blame the following piece on that guy (yes, the Incorruptible himself, with whom I’m sharing some time at this very moment). As I was reading Martin’s Z Confidential, nodding on many occasions as Martin underlines central touchy issues, some vicious ideas suddenly interfered with my train of thoughts… What if we had at our disposal some instrument to take the measurement of all traitors and double agents, something whose efficacy has been proven by history –in short something like our own Law of 22 Prairial? So, I produced this little horror (it’s rather indigestible, but please bear with me):

THE LAW OF 20 MESSIDOR (it’s July 8 in Convention’s terms)

The Second Temporary Art Strike Action Committee –Alytus Chapter (STASAC-Alytus) Tribunal is instituted to punish the enemies of the Strike.

The enemies of the Strike are those who seek to destroy strike liberty, either by force or by cunning.

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Rašyk paraišką!
Written by Stéphanie Benzaquen   
Tuesday, 09 December 2008 19:20

Per pastaruosius metus akivaizdžiai pagausėjo įvairiausių kvietimų rašyti paraiškas, o tai sekė, žinoma, ir atitinkamai pagausėjęs paraiškų skaičius. Parodos, festivaliai, kūrybinės dirbtuvės, darbai, stipendijos, užsakymai, pranešimai ir publikacijos – nebeliko jokio su menu susijusio reiškinio, kurio šis fenomenas dar neaplankė. Siuntinėjimo geografija vis plečiasi ir mes turime tai sau po nosimi. Pripažinkime, kad taip ir yra. Video festivalis San Diege, paroda Biškeke, paskaita Bratislavoje, kūrybinės dirbtuvės Osle, menininkų rezidencija Tokijuje… Ir tik vienu mygtuko paspaudimu…

 

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Thou shalt apply!
Written by Stéphanie Benzaquen   
Tuesday, 09 December 2008 17:51

Over the past years, we have attended a spectacular increase of ‘calls for proposals’, and as a consequence of applications. Exhibitions, festivals, workshops, jobs, grants, commissions, papers, and publications: there is no art-related field that has remained untouched by the phenomenon. Mailing-lists have multiplied and so have these calls. Let’s recognize it: what a temptation. A video festival in San Diego, a group exhibition in Bishkek, a lecture in Bratislava, a workshop in Oslo, an artist-in-residence in Tokyo…

 

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