Performance

29.07.2022 19.00-19.30

Wheelchair Accessible, WC Available

Grand Hotel Prishtina

participants

Mette Sterre

Seapussy Power Galore – Abcession – Mette Sterre

Seapussy Power Gallore, Abcession (If you don’t know, you don’t grow) 2021. © Mette Sterre . Rijksakademie Open Studio 2021. Photo © Tomek Dersu Aaron.

Mette Sterre’s speculative fabulations invariably begin with the body masks she sculpts. Only when these grotesque, unruly creations become a second skin to their wearers do the artist’s personae fully come into being; only then do their stories spill forth.

Seapussy Power Galore – Abcession (If you don’t know, you don’t grow) plunges both the performer and the viewer into a gurgling underwater world that breathes and writhes, ebbs and flows. The central figure in Sterre’s seascape invokes a mermaid.

Since ancient times, such human-animal hybrids have featured in the myths of many cultures. For all their erotic power, they are typically cast as flawed and disabled, as misfits unable to survive on land, and yet never entirely at home in the water either.

Sterre counters this narrative by hooking her water woman up with an air supply, such that she might indeed feel at home under the sea. Mermaid meets cyborg – and then?

Mette Sterre will give a live performance at the installation of her work Seapussy Power Galore – Abcession (If you don’t know, you don’t grow) on the 9th floor of the Grand Hotel Prishtina. This will take place on Friday the 29th of July from 19.00-19.30.

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