NEW YORK, NY.-
The portraits in Heads and Tales are photographic documentations of sculptures created by German artist Heide Hatry
out of animal skin and body parts. The book is a collaborative anthology consisting of Hatry's images and stories by twenty-seven prominent and emerging authors who were charged with giving lives to Hatry's creations.
Hatry intended her sculptures to provide springboards for stories, reminiscences or meditations on the lives of women. She asked a number of female writers to select the image of one of her women and create a life for her. As the visual work addresses issues of violence, death and gender identity, the writing reflects similar concerns specific to women.
The stories are not necessarily political or polemical, but more typically resort to fantasy, satire, irony and other subversive modes of presentation to disrupt the hegemony of the everyday and release the power of its horror. In her introduction to the book, renowned feminist theorist Catharine MacKinnon remarks, "Finding a way to be a woman is finding a way to live with fatal knowledge." Hatry has a penchant for difficult subjects that press directly against mortality, fear and alienation. Her sculptures speak the fatal knowledge that others are at pains to suppress.
Heads and Tales, published by Charta Art Books (Milan/ New York, 2009), is a collaborative anthology with an introduction by Catharine MacKinnon; "Heads" by Heide Hatry; and "Tales" by Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro, Roberta Allen, Jennifer Belle, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Svetlana Boym, Rebecca Brown, Mary Caponegro, Thalia Field, Lo Galluccio, Diana George, Thyrza Nichols Goodeve, Jessica Hagedorn, Elizabeth Hand, Heather Hartley, Joanna Howard, Katia Kapovich, Lydia Millet, Micaela Morrissette, Carol Novack, Julie Oakes, Barbara Purcell, Selah Saterstrom, Johannah Schmid, Iris Smyles, Luisa Valenzuela, Anna Wexler and Can Xue.
Opening Reception Thursday, March 19. Exhibition runs through April 25, 2009
time: March 19, 6 - 9 pm Gallery Hours: Tuesday Saturday 12- 6 pm. The exhibition can be seen at Elga Wimmer PCC 526 W 26th St #310 (cross street: 10th Ave) New York, NY 10001/