Alix Lambert

MA Galerie

After a series of works documenting four marriages and divorces, Alix Lambert has moved on to a different social institution. In her recent installation she took on professional sports (basketball and boxing), examining them in terms of their representation of masculine codes of behavior in American society. As in her previous photo series, the artist engages in an intimate and bodily appropriation of social codes. Lambert’s imitation of these rituals arises less from the tradition of performance than from the specular logic of fashion: the artist becomes a “top-model” of her own brand of feminism.

The exhibition opened with a view of the artist’s head, shaven and tattooed like a basketball (a reference to the star-shaped tonsure carved into Duchamp’s hair by Georges de Zayas). Her perfectly round and smooth head, with its oval striations, gave a corporeal density to this symbolically

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