• Manon de Boer
  • Hito Steyerl


2 films by 2 artists—Manon de Boer’s Resonating Surfaces and Lovely Andrea by Hito Steyerl

Hito Steyerl’s 2007 film Lovely Andrea follows the artist as she returns to Japan, where she briefly worked in the 80s as a bondage model under the assumed name Andrea, to search for a photograph of herself. Steyerl interleaves the narrative with film clips that include superheroes Spider-Man and Woman with cultural and political references to bondage, including samurai practices, popular music videos and images of Guantanamo inmates. Lovely Andrea is played out like a psychological thriller in which Steyerl is both detective and missing subject.

In Resonating Surfaces Manon de Boer recorded and transcribed memories of São Paulo from people who grew up in São Paulo and now live in Europe. She creates a picture of Paris and São Paulo through the memories of Suely Rolnik: a psychoanalyst, translator and former lover of Gilles Deleuze. Her story is a story about translation and re-translation, and about her long way home back into her own language. The woman had abandoned her mother language in favor of French as a consequence of traumatic experiences under military dictatorship. Through French, the acquired foreign language, she finds a way back to her native tongue.

Manon de Boer (born in Kodaicanal, India, 1966) lives in Brussels. Recently she has participated in the 2007 Venice Biennale, the 2008 Berlin Biennial and in a 2007–08 solo exhibition organised by the Frankfurter Kunstverein and Witte de With, Rotterdam. Hito Steyerl works as filmmaker, video artist and author in the area of essayist documentary film, post-colonial criticism, as producer as well as as theorist. The works are located on the interface between film and fine arts. In 2004 she Participated in Manifesta 5, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art. She recently participated in documenta 12, Kassel 2007.

Hito Steyerl will be in the gallery on the 6th of April at 7.00 to talk about her work.