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Autumn at Grazer Kunstverein

Aimée Zito Lema and Becket MWN
The Actress
24 September – 17 December 2021

Image courtesy the artists

The Actress is a project in which questions of language, enunciation and subjectivities are addressed. Through this collaborative work, artists Becket MWN and Aimée Zito Lema explore the relations between speech, memory and movement by working with actors through a process of documented rehearsals. In the rehearsals an actress engages with a theater director and practices a script where language is connected to bodily movement, allowing the actress to internalize the words. The same situation is realized twice with two actresses of different ages and different languages in order to explore the shifts that occur across these differences. The documentation of the process is done with cameras from two different perspectives, one from the outside watching the learning process, and the other representing the internal perspective of the actress, which is realized in the exhibition space as a multi-channel video installation.

The visual artist Aimée Zito Lema (born 1982) engages in her artistic practice with questions around social memory and the body as an agent of resistance. She was born in Amsterdam and grew up in Buenos Aires, which is why she strongly identifies with historical narratives of both the Netherlands and Argentina. Zito Lema works with photography, sculptural installations and video. She studied at the University of the Arts (UNA), Buenos Aires, the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam and completed a Master’s degree in Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. Her work has been displayed in solo exhibitions at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon (2018) and Kunsthall Trondheim (2017). She was part of group exhibitions at De Apple, Amsterdam (2018), MACBA, Barcelona (2017) and Centre Pompidou, Paris and Malaga (2016). She has participated in the Gwangju Biennial (2016). From 2015–2016 Zito Lema was artist in residence at the Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.

Becket MWN is a writer and artist who is based in Amsterdam. His recent projects have focused on the relation between language, speaking and the production of the self to question current forms of political subjectivity. His artistic work is mostly text based and includes (sound) installations, publishing projects and performances. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2014, and was a resident artist at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam from 2015 to 2017. He has recently exhibited at Broadway, Amsterdam (2020), Motto Books, Berlin (2020), SculptureCenter, New York (2019), TG Gallery, Nottingham (2019), Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, Haarlem (2019), Root Canal, Amsterdam (2019) and Vleeshal, Middelburg (2018). 

The project is co-produced by If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam, Mercer Union, a center for contemporary art in Toronto, steirischer herbst '21, Graz, and Grazer Kunstverein.