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Lili Reynaud-Dewar

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

Monday 8 October 2018, 6-7.30pm
Village Roadshow Theatrette
State Library of Victoria
179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Free entry

Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), in partnership with Melbourne International Arts Festival, is pleased to present a special lecture by visiting French artist Lili Reynaud-Dewar that coincides with the Australian première of the exhibition TEETH, GUMS, MACHINES, FUTURES, SOCIETY at MUMA (6 October-15 December 2018).

Reynaud-Dewar’s lecture will focus on themes of argument, conflict and antagonism. Beginning with a consideration of the practices of Andrea Fraser, Adrian Piper and Ramaya Tegegne - three female artists whose work often develops antagonistic relations to the institution it is presented in and to certain social conditions - Reynaud-Dewar will consider the way dance is used as a powerful instrument for criticism alongside a discussion of several of her recent works, including Small Tragic Opera of Images and Bodies in the Museum; Teeth Gums Machines Future Society; and Small Modest Bad Blood Opera.

Following the lecture, a conversation with the artist will be convened by writer and academic Sophie Knezic.

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 which Reynaud-Dewar boldly ties together: grills or teeth jewellery—a status symbol in rap and hip hop scenes—and Donna Haraway’s futurist essay A Cyborg Manifesto (1985). As a white, European, female artist, Reynaud-Dewar speculates on the potential of the grill to function as a ‘cybernetic’ prosthesis, representing a future emancipated beyond the binaries of the hetero-normative patriarchy such as gender, race and sexuality. Along the way, her work creates a space for the discussion of the complexities of cultural appropriation and transmission alongside a homage to the city of Memphis and its place in America’s labour and civil rights history and more recently as home to a strong culture of stand-up comedy and rap music.

Lili Reynaud-Dewar dances, writes, talks, teaches, makes movies, video installations, furniture, sculptures, feminist magazines, performances, alone or with her friends, students, family. In 2009 she co-founded, with Dorothée Dupuis and Valérie Chartrain, the art and entertainment feminist publication Petunia. She has been a professor at Haute École d'Art et de Design in Geneva since 2010. She is part of the group Wages For Wages Against, a campaign launched by Ramaya Tegegne, that promotes fees for artists as well as a less discriminating art world, in Switzerland and elsewhere. She lives and works in Grenoble, where she has initiated the project Maladie d'Amour in her studio in 2015. Maladie d'Amour is a social and emotional experiment that brings a small group of young people around one-night long exhibitions featuring Lili Reynaud-Dewar's artist friends from Paris, Geneva, Vienna and elsewhere.

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Image: TEETH GUMS MACHINES FUTURE SOCIETY, Performance with Darius Clayton, Ashley Cook, Hendrik Hegray, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Vleeshal Middelburg, 2017. Photo: Marie Angelett