REINHARD Aurora

Artist Aurora ReinhardBorn 1975 in Helsinki, Finland
Lives and works in Helsinki
www.aurorareinhard.com

 

Venus #1 – #3, 2016

Site-specific installation

Courtesy Zetterberg Gallery,  Helsinki

 

 

In Venus Series (2014 – 2016), Reinhard poses with commercially-produced props for faking femininity – prosthetic breast-plates, full face masks and glossy wigs – products aimed largely at drag queens, transvestite men and transsexuals. Jarring with my perhaps normative understanding of such dressing-up practices, in these photographs the wearer of these accoutrements is clearly female (though it’s not clear if she is also the artist). Through the process of the photo-shoot Reinhard queers these products created largely for men to appear as women, working out how she wants to be seen and how this might arouse or empower her own desire. Taking on characters like the pole- dancer, she appears with bared or thinly-veiled large silicone breasts and in one of the most surprising compositions, pulls open her legs to reveal a prosthetic penis  – in her words ‘the best of both worlds’. The Venus Series isn’t so much a critique of how gender is constructed and reproduced, but a complication of the ways in which desire is (self) directed and finds form. In these bold, large-format studio photographs I sense, rather than see, a complex system of desire in the process of becoming, sheathed in smooth silicone and striking a defiant, sexually provocative pose.

—MARIANNE MULVEY

 

Venus #3, 2016, ed. 5, size undefined, inkjet-print  Venus #2

  • ALEXI-MESKHISHVILI Ketuta
  • BALADI Lara
  • BLANK Andreas
  • BORGERMANS Hilde
  • BOŽANIĆ Antonia
  • ČEKIĆ Jovan
  • DESTIL MARKOVIĆ Milovan
  • DJURDJEVIĆ Biljana
  • DRAŠKOVIĆ BOČKOV Kristina
  • EDEFALK Cecilia
  • EKICI Nezaket and SHAHAR Marcus
  • EPHEMERKI Jasna DMITROVSKA + Dragana ZAREVSKA
  • FAJFRIĆ Bojan
  • FUDONG Yang
  • HAHN Mariana
  • HOLZER Jenny
  • HUŠMAN Ana
  • IKEMURA Leiko
  • ILIĆ Siniša
  • IVKOVIĆ Ivana
  • JANIČIĆ Tadija
  • JOHANSSON Peter
  • k.r.u.ž.o.k
  • KANDL Johanna
  • KARAMUSTAFA Gülsün
  • KENTRIDGE William
  • KLOTZ Franziska
  • KOVAČ Irena
  • KRIPPENDORFF David
  • LAURANCE Janet
  • LEWANDOWSKI Via
  • LÜDEMANN Sarah
  • MARKOVIĆ Dejan
  • MAXIMOVA Natalie
  • MELHUS Bjørn
  • MILADINOVIĆ Anuk
  • MILAK Radenko
  • MILISAVLJEVIĆ Olga
  • MOFFATT Tracey
  • NIKOLIĆ Nemanja
  • PERIĆ Vladimir i Milica
  • PHILIPSZ Susan
  • PIROGOVA Sasha
  • RADULOVIĆ Siniša
  • RAEDLE Rena & JEREMIĆ Vladan
  • REINHARD Aurora
  • RUBIKU Anila
  • SAVADOV Arsen
  • SCHMALE Toni
  • SELANDER Lina
  • SHIROKI Asako
  • SKOKO Snežana
  • SOLAKOV Dimitar
  • STANOJEVIĆ Jovanka
  • Susan PHILIPSZ
  • TOMIĆ Miloš
  • TRPKOVIĆ Jelena
  • VASILEVA Mariana
  • VEPREVA Anastasia
  • VUČIĆEVIĆ Dejana
  • XUN Sun