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6 October – 15 December 2018

Curator: Hannah Mathews

French artist Lili Reynaud-Dewar’s most recent project TEETH, GUMS, MACHINES, FUTURE, SOCIETY comprises a film and expanded installation of sculptural objects and text-based works. The project revolves around two interconnected cultural icons: ‘grills’ or teeth jewellery made of precious metals that are a status symbol in the rap and hip hop scenes; and Donna Haraway’s futurist essay, A Cyborg Manifesto (1985).

In this Australian première of her work, Reynaud-Dewar boldly ties these seemingly disparate elements together by appropriating grills as a ‘cybernetic’ prosthesis and means of social emancipation which she connects to Haraway’s essay and its focus on the cyborg as a way beyond the binary mindset of dichotomies such as nature/culture, man/woman, right/wrong, truth/illusion and self/other, envisioning a future without discrimination.

TEETH, GUMS, MACHINES, FUTURE, SOCIETY was originally commissioned by the Kunstverein in Hamburg, Museion in Bolzano, and de Vleeshal in Middelburg.

Exhibition Catalogue:

TEETH, GUMS, MACHINES, FUTURE, SOCIETY, is accompanied by a book published by Hatje Cantz and supported by MUMA, Kunstverein, Hamburg; Museion, Bolzano, and de Vleeshal; Middelburg.
Purchase via MUMA Bookshop

Public Programs:

Boiler Room Lecture: Lili Reynaud-Dewar - TEETH, GUMS, MACHINES, FUTURES, SOCIETY, Monday 8 October

Media Kit:

Lili Reynaud-Dewar Media Kit

Presented with Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Lili Reynaud-Dewar’s performance is supported by Institut Français.

Image: Lili Reynaud Dewar, TEETH GUMS MACHINES FUTURE SOCIETY (still), 2016. Color HD film. Produced by Olga Rozenblum for Redshoes with the support of Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès and FNAGP. Courtesy of Clearing, New York, Brussels; Emanuel Layr, Vienna and the artist.

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