A new digital photography exhibition by Maria
Klonaris and Katerina Thomadaki will open at the Galerie Donguy,
Paris, on Wednesday 8th March 2000.
Leading figures of the French experimental film scene,
Maria Klonaris and Katerina Thomadaki have initiated the cinema
of the body at the end of the seventies and have introduced an innovative
approach to expanded cinema and projection environments. Working since
the mid-seventies on the hybridations of media, they have gained international
recognition through their films, videos, photographs and multi-media installations.
As theorists, they have published numerous essays, manifestos and books,
which constitute a vast theoretical body of work parallel to their audio-visual
creation. In the nineties, Klonaris and Thomadaki have conceived and directed
in Paris three editions of the quadriennal Rencontres Internationales
Art cinéma / vidéo / ordinateur, a pioneering international
event dedicated to the moving image and to technological innovations in
After The Angel Cycle (1985-2000), featuring
the constant transformations of a medical photograph of a hermaphrodite,
which they install in site specific environments, Klonaris and Thomadaki
inaugurate a new cycle of works with Sublime
Disasters. Here the starting point
is a found photograph of a wax figure: two children, conjoint twins, "a
double phenomenon with a unique trunk", from the famous anatomical collection
of the Spitzner Museum, which opened in Paris in 1856. The artists associate
this extraordinary body with marine organisms, photographs of shells and
etchings extracted from the Artistic Forms of Nature (1899) by
German biologist Ernst Haeckel. The conjoint twins are thus immersed in
a network of sea constellations.
This exhibition is a new stage of Klonaris' and Thomadaki's
reflexion on the "dissident body" and the technological doubles. A key
figure of the contemporary crisis of identity and normality, the "monster"
is both a virtual and a real body. Here the double "monster" goes through
the successive simulacra of human invention - from the wax portrait to
the technological mirrors of photography and digital processing.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue
with texts by Gilbert Lascault, Christian Gattinoni, Anguéliki Garidis,
Maria Klonaris/Katerina Thomadaki and an interview of the artists by Jacques
Donguy (Editions A.S.T.A.R.T.I., Paris, 2000).