Body Holes — a project by Paul Barsch and Tilman Hornig of the art duo New Scenario for the Berlin Biennale — aims to personalize and embody the proverbial white cube of a gallery. “If the body were a museum,” they say, “there would be seven galleries.”
They’re referring, of course, to the body’s seven orifices: mouth, nose, ears, navel, plus the much-maligned nether three. For the project, over 40 such holes have been stuffed and/or decorated with miniature artworks by emerging names, e.g. Yves Scherer, Bruno Zhu, Michele Gabriele, Carson Fisk-Vittori.
Each artist was designated a body part as his or her exhibition space and the nature of the work was up to them — as long as it could fit in the given hole, thus liberating the body from cultural and sexual objectification.
Emmy Skensved & Gregoire Blunt Latulippe
Rasmus Høj Mygind
Edward Marshall Shenk
Dorota Gaweda & Eglé Kulbokaité & Agatha
Debora Delmar Corp.
Rachel de Joode
Christopher L G Hill
Fenêtreproject (Dustin Cauchi & Francesca Mangion)