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OPENINGS: IRENA HAIDUK

Irena Haiduk’s Nine Hour Delay: Introduction Poster, 2012, an advertisement for the Borosana shoe.

A GROUP OF SIRENS glided silently around Kassel during the run of Documenta 14 last year. These were women balancing books on their heads in the style of the classic finishing-school posture exercise, cast by Irena Haiduk to form an “Army of Beautiful Women” for the performance Spinal Discipline, 2017, a component of the artist’s enigmatic contribution to the quinquennial exhibition. During the summer, this perambulatory team of female-inclined people wore a light, cap-sleeved garment called the ABW Pattern #3 Dress in a variety of shades. During the autumn months, when I visited, they wore the long-sleeved, somberly black ABW Pattern #2 Dress, what the artist calls a “dress designed for strolling.” At all times, they wore black lace-up heels with open toes called the Borosana shoe. Trained by the artist to evoke the semidivine status of the Siren, the women stared ahead, appearing

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