reviews

  • View of “Petrit Halilaj,” 2017. Photo: Julie Joubert.

    Petrit Halilaj

    Kamel Mennour | Rue du Pont de Lodi

    Wallpaper composed of the pages of ABETARE, an Albanian spelling book, was arranged in a grid over the two long walls of the Kamel Mennour gallery’s first room. At one time, such books were tools of resistance: In 1998, when Petrit Halilaj, age twelve, fled Kosovo to take refuge in Albania, the Serbian government was forcing people to speak Serbo-Croatian and forbidding them to learn Albanian. Each page of the book not only depicts an individual letter but also accompanies it with stereotypical representations of Albanian usage and customs. 

    A metal butterfly affixed to the wall pointed visitors

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  • Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, Silent, 2016, HD video, color, sound, 7 minutes.

    Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz

    Marcelle Alix

    In the recent exhibition “Silent,” Berlin-based duo Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz used a self-described practice of “queer archaeology” to out archetypes of modern art. Attaching themes of self-censorship (closeting) and silent protest to monochrome painting, geometric sculpture, and—most specifically—John Cage’s resounding silences, the artists debunked canonical heteronormative interpretations. Whereas Boudry and Lorenz have previously relied heavily on archival documents to expose systemic homophobia (which has resulted in some very dense, didactic works), the pieces presented

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