Leda Bourgogne


Skin is the interface through which we experience the world. It both protects us and makes us vulnerable. This dichotomy of embodiment was explored in dynamic ways in Leda Bourgogne’s first solo exhibition in Berlin, “Skinless,”which featured works that treat the surface of painting and sculpture as a skin that mirrors our own in its susceptibility and its capacity for resistance.

Hung prominently in the gallery next to the main entrance was the painting that lent its name to the exhibition (all works cited, 2018). Made from stretched, beige-colored fabric, it has a small bleached patch toward its middle. The work’s most noticeable feature, however, is a curvy slit that runs its length—a cut sewn up from behind in such a way as to conceal the stitches—with red lipstick kisses from the artist along the thin, scar-like line, smudging outward toward the bottom like the legs of a

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