Nicola L: "The Black Coat" (1969-1997).
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Nicola L (France)
While still an art student in Paris in the 1960s, Nicola L. turned away from painting, destroying all of her works in a radical act, and began creating actions, performances, environments and body objects. Although she has been active in the very different fields of theater, film, design and performance since then, all of her works share in common an extended and collective understanding of the body. Transgressing the self, connecting the body with naturalistic materials modeled on skin, and collective action remain major themes in her work.
"The Red Coat / Same Skin for Everybody" (1969–1997) was originally created for the Festival of the Isle of Wight in 1969, where musicians such as Gilberto Gil, Jimmy Hendrix and Joan Baez performed. Originally created as a joint piece for a group of musicians, "The Red Coat" was repeatedly performed in public in the years following. When the performance was held in Barcelona, Nicola L. invited passers-by to crawl into the coat. The performance was brought to an end by Franco’s police because they suspected that the red coat was a cover for secret meetings. Other actions, which can be understood as experiments in collectivity and egalitarianism, have been performed regularly in Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris and New York. "The Red Coat" continued to be re-enacted in the 1990s and was followed by new versions in different colors and for smaller groups. In 1995, Nicola L. designed the Black Coat, which is dedicated to nine femmes fatales from different time periods, including Madame Bovary, Frida Kahlo, Joan of Arc and Ulrike Meinhof. Nicola L. has been presenting performances with the "Blue Cape", which is a symbol of protection, in places such as Havana, Venice, Geneva and the Chinese wall since 2001.
Nicola L: "The Red Coat" (1969-1997) in the exhibition. Photograph: Andreas Süß
"The Red Coat / Same Skin for Everybody", 1969–1997.
Barcelona, Rembla (1969)
Salinas, Ibiza (1970)
Amsterdam, Niederlande (1970)
Musee d’Ixelles, Brussels (1975), as part of the exhibition "Je/Nous", organised by Harald Szeemann, Charlotte Moorman, 12th Annual Avant-Garde Festival, New York (1975) Performance mit Fernando Arrabal for the film "Adieu, Babylone", New York (1992).
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