Stefanie Seibold: "A READER-Wallpaper" (2006
/ 2008) in
the exhibition. Photograph: Andreas Süß
Stefanie Seibold (Austria, Germany)
The performances, videos, collages, sound and video instillations of Stefanie Seibold show her specific interest in gestures and signs constituting sexual and gender identity. In her artworks, she often engages in the re-contextualization of (historical) images, texts and quotes.
The installation "A READER-Wallpaper" (2006/2008), which consists of several parts, combines two very different types of archives as a form of productive confrontation: a room installation, with wallpaper, a disco ball and a stage/display, and the selected pictures, videos and documents of feminist performance art from the archive of the De Appel Institute in Amsterdam which it frames and presents. De Appel has always played an important role in the history of (feminist) performance art. It was founded in 1975 as a space for process and non-object-based art and since then it has continued to focus on feminist art and its discourse. The elements of the room installation reflect practices and concepts that are specific to Seibold’s work. The stage is more than just a location for a certain form of presentation, it also acquires metaphorical meaning in the context of public space, language and political actions. As an abstract model, it takes up ideas from the 1960s and 1970s, and as a place of potential action, it refers to different fields of social criticism. The wallpaper in the installation is a variation on Seibold’s archive piece "A READER – A Visual Archive" (2006), which is based on a selection of her own collected materials.
"A READER-Wallpaper", 2006 / 2008. Installation with a selection of feministist art from the De Appel archive, Amsterdam, originally produced for "If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution", Amsterdam (2006). Courtesy the artist and De Appel, Amsterdam. With special thanks to Nell Donkers and Ann Demeester.
Stefanie Seibold Website