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Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz. Photo: Bernadette Paassen.

Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz to Represent Switzerland at 2019 Venice Biennale

The Berlin-based artist duo Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz has been selected to represent Switzerland in the Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale, which will kick off in May 2019. Charlotte Laubard, the cofounder of the Société Suisse des Nouveaux Commanditaires, will curate the pavilion.

“Challenging notions of gender, Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz question the norms that govern our representations and our life in society,” Laubard said in a statement. “What lends their work such force is that it moves beyond mere criticism or deconstruction. Their installations, films, and performances are conceived as dispositifs capable of inventing other ways of being in the world, ones no longer split by categories of identity and binarisms.”

In addition, curator and art historian Céline Eidenbenz has been tapped as the head of Salon Suisse, the lecture and cultural event series organized by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia that will be held at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi and will run in conjunction with the Swiss pavilion.

Boudry and Lorenz are known for reinventing historical narratives through queer discourses. In an interview for artforum.com, they discuss how “forgotten or disavowed queer moments affects, acts, or leftovers” feature prominently in their works. They said, “We not only want to (re)consider them as political interventions, but also try to re-create the past in order to articulate a contemporary desire.”

Recent solo exhibitions of the artists work were held at Participant, Inc., New York (2017); Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas (2017); La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Montreal, Canada (2016); Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, England (2015); and Kunsthalle Vienna, Austria (2015).

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