Act Natural

2013

Using images and archived materials, the life and times of Sarah Rodigari six people who Rodigari to varying degrees were invited to reflect on the history of her practice in a panel discussion hosted by curator, Sophie O’Brien. (Panelists: Agatha Gothe-Snape, Salote Tawale, Nicola Gunn, Ivan Cheng and Cindy Rodriguez)

Alongside this panel was a screening of the film Shulie (1997), a film by Elizabeth Sunbrin in which she restages a 1967 documentary portrait of a 22-year art student at the Chicago Art Institute, Shulamith Firestone who a few years later would write, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution.  

Situating Shulie alongside a live documentation of Rodigari’s practice and framed within the great narrative of the Abramovic’s legacy, as presented by Kaldor Public Art Projects, the event is a send-up of artist-as-personality, the po-face panel turns farce into reality. The event critically, playful and provocatively speaks to a rethinking of history between documentary, fiction, and mythos, functions as a prism for refracting questions of gender, race and class that resonates in with Firestones era- Abramovic’s, then and now.