New York

Tracey Rose

The Project

History is constantly scoured for anything sufficiently passé to import to the present as currency of contemporary cool. A likely candidate would be early feminist art, for a more neglected genre you're not likely to find—but things have definitely begun to change. A new generation is producing a feminist art that is expansive in its attention to fractious subject positions occurring under social regimes that impose essentialist views of gender and race. At the forefront is Tracey Rose, a young South African artist who grew up under apartheid classified as “colored” and whose personal experiences and anger motivate a politically grounded, performance-based practice.

Part of Rose's appeal is her fluid referencing of '60s and '70s performance art. When pushing herself beyond the point of physical exhaustion, parodying racial stereotypes, or overlaying sex with violence and pleasure with pain,

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