25, rue Dominique Lang, Dudelange / www.centredart-dudelange.lu
02.03.2013 - 27.04.2013
Through her research-based artistic practice, Paula Muhr examines socio-cultural strategies of constructing sexuality, gender, desire and normality. In her installations, which combine staged photography with found materials, texts, moving images and sound, Muhr focuses on the interdisciplinary exploration of hysteria and female madness. According to cultural critic Elaine Showalter, “the hysteric is someone who has a story, and whose story is told by science”. Muhr’s work references and recontextualises films, medical photographs and written documents of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which were instrumental in staging the scientific visibility of this mythic malady. By examining the validity of (pseudo)scientific, social and medical practices which produce seemingly objective knowledge, Muhr aims to challenge the implicit visual codes of representing the (ab)normal woman and create alternative multilayered interpretations of female subjectivity. The Nei Liicht Gallery will show the first comprehensive overview of Muhr’s hysteria-related works, created in the period from 2008 to 2013.
04.05.2013 - 15.06.2013
The theme of the exhibition of four Finnish female photographers – Mari Hokkanen, Anni Kinnunen, Kati Leinonen and Susanna Majuri is magic and dreams. Together their images create a fairy tale of an imaginary magical world, where the laws of everyday life do not exist. The exhibition comprises both photographs and video films.