Rebekka Benzenberg

bleach me, 2020

Steel, fur coats, bleaching liquid, 3 parts
Dimensions variable
Highest rack: 225cm; 88 2/3 in
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"In my work I play with the status-power object 'fur', which stands for something luxurious, but also, in a contemporary way, for a clichéd femin...

"In my work I play with the status-power object 'fur', which stands for something luxurious, but also, in a contemporary way, for a clichéd femininity. It is also an object that is in a state of transition. Through animal rights activists, the view of fur is changing to something cruel and dead, opposed to life. So fur and its status are changing, as are the values it stands for. In the history of fur, the gender wearing it is shifting, but the image is still associated with prestige, power and status. The stands draped with fur coats are said to look like a war banner. The fur bleaching refers to the industrialization of the western female beauty industry and its standards which have global influence." – Rebekka Benzenberg
 

"What we consider 'human' is a normative regulation of social behavior which is not constant. The constraints and exclusions that these regulations entail are as variable as the basic idea on which they are based. Conventions and their symbols and codes are dynamic. I work with materials that stand for and can be read as codes for social and societal phenomena. I mainly build installations with everyday materials, amorphously formed or art-historically borrowed foreign bodies. These materials offer a high range of association, creating access through recognition despite the new association. A central theme in my work is power, its structures or abuse. I work on themes that interest me on the basis of related materials and try to question them with the help of deconstruction. I deal with individual materials sometimes for years until I have dissected them for myself both physically and content-wise." – Rebekka Benzenberg

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