We would be happy to see you on Tuesday, October 23rd from 7 to 9 pm, for the opening of Body Double, Brice Dellsperger’s first solo show in Italy, curated by Fantom’s Selva Barni for Marsèlleria, Milan. The exhibition introduces the artist’s work to the public through a series of video-movies from his ongoing Body Double series, started in 1995. Installed with multiple screens and projectors over the three floors of the venue, it displays a wide selection of works which convey the richness, complexity, obsessivness and allure of Dellsperger’s work, and its enduring originality and relevance.
The exhibition will be on view until Novembre 30th.
The source of the artist’s research is cinema, used as material to manipulate, recreate, subvert. Body Double takes its name from Brian De Palma’s eponymous 1984 movie and synthesizes the conceptual and physical articulations of Dellsperger’s work. In this series, he, often actor-performer, Jean-Luc Verna or other actors, remake sequences of cult movies (De Palma, Hitchcock, Kubrick, Lynch, van Sant, Zulawski), playing all roles, masculine and feminine, and lip-sync original dialogues. In multiple, disorienting incarnations that question the artifice of cinema and issues of gender. While interlocking practices of appropriation and re-enactment, and mirroring the relationships between couples like author-viewer, subject-object, desire-representation, filming-editing.
The use of drag and camp, of the utterly artificial, the imperfections, the glitches, loops and duplications, destabilize the conventions of cinema and representation, and question the ways in which we project ourselves onto others – and ultimately represent ourselves. Addressing also the ordinary, overarching presence in our lives of the self-portrait, the backbone of imagination, and the construction of the self, in the age of social networks.
Brice Dellsperger was born in 1972 in Cannes. He lives and works in Paris as a visual artist since 1995, and his work is represented by Air de Paris (Paris) and Team Gallery (New York). Included in a number of prestigious public collections, Dellsperger’s works have been exhibited worldwide in prominent institutions such as the MoMA (New York) and the Centre Pompidou (Paris).
Brice Dellsperger, Body Double Opening: 23 October 2018, from 7 to 9 pm From 24 October to 30 November, 2018 Marsèlleria Via Paullo 12/A, Milan www.marselleria.org www.bricedellsperger.com Supported by La Francia in Scena/Institut français. Special thanks to Air de Paris gallery.